Pacifica, CA
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Pacifica is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 39,260 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Pacifica is the 213th largest community in California.

Pacifica home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Pacifica real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Pacifica is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.99% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pacifica is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pacifica who work in office and administrative support (13.59%), management occupations (11.73%), and sales jobs (9.73%).

Also of interest is that Pacifica has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Pacifica is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Pacifica, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.22 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Pacifica is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Pacifica, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Pacifica are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.70% of adults in Pacifica have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Pacifica in 2010 was $44,886, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,544 for a family of four.

Pacifica is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pacifica home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pacifica residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Pacifica also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pacifica include German, Italian, English, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pacifica's cultural character, accounting for 19.96% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Pacifica is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.