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 33,748 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Seaside is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (13.05%), food service (12.35%), and sales jobs (9.64%).
Seaside is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Seaside, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
In addition, Seaside is a college town. There are a lot of students in Seaside attending college, and as a result Seaside provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Seaside 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Seaside use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Seaside‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Seaside are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.26% of adults in Seaside having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Seaside in 2018 was $26,172, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,688 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 42.99% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Seaside's cultural character, accounting for 27.89% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Seaside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.