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 86.70% 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 (17.26%), food service (14.83%), and sales jobs (11.87%).
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.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Seaside is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Seaside, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
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, 22.85% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Seaside in 2010 was $21,548, 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 $86,192 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. The greatest number of Seaside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Seaside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 43.02% of the city’s residents. 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 31.55% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Seaside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.