Seal Beach, CA
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Seal Beach 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 24,119 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Seal Beach is the 280th largest community in California.

Seal Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Seal Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Seal Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Seal Beach is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Seal Beach who work in management occupations (15.47%), sales jobs (14.36%), and office and administrative support (10.97%).

Of important note, Seal Beach is also a city of artists. Seal Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Seal Beach’s character.

Seal Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Seal Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.88 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Seal Beach is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.16% of adults in Seal Beach have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Seal Beach in 2010 was $56,256, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,024 for a family of four. However, Seal Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Seal Beach is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Seal Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Seal Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Seal Beach also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Seal Beach include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Seal Beach's cultural character, accounting for 15.65% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Seal Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.