San Bernardino, CA
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San Bernardino is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 216,108 people and 48 constituent neighborhoods, San Bernardino is the 17th largest community in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, San Bernardino is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, San Bernardino is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in San Bernardino who work in office and administrative support (15.26%), sales jobs (10.04%), and food service (6.28%).

The percentage of people in San Bernardino with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.65% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in San Bernardino in 2010 was $14,759, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,036 for a family of four. However, San Bernardino contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. San Bernardino also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.

San Bernardino is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino, accounting for 61.19% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of San Bernardino residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in San Bernardino include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Bernardino's cultural character, accounting for 23.02% of the city’s population.

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