San Leandro, CA
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San Leandro is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 90,712 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, San Leandro is the 86th largest community in California.

Housing costs in San Leandro 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, San Leandro is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, San Leandro is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in San Leandro who work in office and administrative support (16.34%), sales jobs (10.45%), and management occupations (8.42%).

Also of interest is that San Leandro has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about San Leandro 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 San Leandro, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.06 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, San Leandro 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 San Leandro area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, San Leandro is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.34% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in San Leandro in 2010 was $29,655, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,620 for a family of four. However, San Leandro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Leandro is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Leandro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Leandro residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. San Leandro also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Leandro include Irish, English, Portuguese, and Italian.

In addition, San Leandro has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.47%).

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