Seaside, CA
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Seaside 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 34,533 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Seaside is the 233rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Seaside 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.

Seaside is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Seaside is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Seaside who work in maintenance occupations (15.27%), food service (14.85%), and sales jobs (11.35%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Seaside, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

One of the nice things about Seaside 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Seaside 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Seaside area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Seaside overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Seaside, 22.02% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Seaside in 2010 was $21,167, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,668 for a family of four. However, Seaside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Seaside is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Seaside 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 Seaside, accounting for 41.75% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Seaside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Seaside include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Seaside's cultural character, accounting for 29.59% of the city’s population.

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