Oceanside is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 175,464 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Oceanside is the 27th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Oceanside are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Oceanside is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oceanside is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oceanside who work in office and administrative support (12.87%), sales jobs (11.47%), and management occupations (9.12%).
Also of interest is that Oceanside has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Oceanside is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Oceanside is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Oceanside, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of Oceanside is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.46% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Oceanside in 2010 was $28,452, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,808 for a family of four. However, Oceanside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Oceanside is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oceanside home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oceanside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oceanside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oceanside include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Oceanside's cultural character, accounting for 19.47% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Oceanside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.