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 85.25% 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 (13.80%), management occupations (12.84%), and sales jobs (10.10%).

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.

In Pacifica, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.88 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, 41.09% 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 $44,954, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,816 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 18.26% 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 19.79% of the city’s population.

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