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.

Pacifica is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.90%), office and administrative support (11.40%), and sales jobs (9.89%).

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.

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.

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 33.00 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.

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, 44.59% 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 $50,826, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,304 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 18.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pacifica include Irish, German, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, Pacifica has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.02%).

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