Pacifica, CA

Pacifica profile

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 38,546 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, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pacifica who work in management occupations (15.23%), office and administrative support (10.67%), and sales jobs (9.75%).

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.

One of the nice things about Pacifica 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.

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 33.40 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.

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 education level of Pacifica ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Pacifica, 45.70% 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 2018 was $53,104, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $212,416 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 18.75% 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 (20.55%).

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