Santa Maria, CA
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Santa Maria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 105,093 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Santa Maria is the 67th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Santa Maria 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Santa Maria is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 45.39% of the Santa Maria workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Santa Maria is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Santa Maria who work in farm management occupations (23.63%), office and administrative support (9.67%), and sales jobs (8.80%).

The percentage of people in Santa Maria with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.91% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Santa Maria in 2010 was $17,987, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,948 for a family of four. However, Santa Maria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Santa Maria is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria, accounting for 72.55% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Santa Maria residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Santa Maria include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Santa Maria's cultural character, accounting for 34.63% of the city’s population.

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