Pico Rivera, CA
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Pico Rivera is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 64,218 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Pico Rivera is the 133rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Pico Rivera are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities, Pico Rivera isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Pico Rivera are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pico Rivera is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pico Rivera who work in office and administrative support (16.28%), sales jobs (12.45%), and food service (5.77%).

One downside of living in Pico Rivera is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Pico Rivera, the average commute to work is 31.40 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 Pico Rivera is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Pico Rivera, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of people in Pico Rivera with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.16% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pico Rivera in 2010 was $18,703, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $74,812 for a family of four. However, Pico Rivera contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pico Rivera is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pico Rivera home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Pico Rivera, accounting for 90.63% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Pico Rivera residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pico Rivera include Irish, English, French , and Russian.

In addition, Pico Rivera has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (33.12%).

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