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 food service (14.24%), maintenance occupations (13.24%), and sales jobs (10.04%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Seaside. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
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.
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, 22.99% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Seaside in 2018 was $24,726, 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 $98,904 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 43.36% 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.
Seaside also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.24%.
The most common language spoken in Seaside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.