Pacifica, CA
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Living in Pacifica


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 38,759 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pacifica is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 management occupations (13.32%), office and administrative support (13.00%), and sales jobs (10.17%).

Of important note, Pacifica is also a city of artists. Pacifica has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pacifica’s character.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Pacifica is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Pacifica, the average commute to work is 32.05 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Pacifica is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Pacifica area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Pacifica ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Pacifica, 44.11% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Pacifica in 2010 was $47,898, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,592 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 18.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pacifica include Irish, German, Italian, English, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pacifica's cultural character, accounting for 19.41% of the city’s population.

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