Signal Hill, CA
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Living in Signal Hill


Signal Hill is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,848 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Signal Hill is the 395th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Signal Hill 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.

Signal Hill is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Signal Hill is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Signal Hill who work in sales jobs (13.14%), management occupations (9.86%), and teaching (8.53%).

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In Signal Hill, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Even though Signal Hill is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Signal Hill ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Signal Hill, 42.22% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Signal Hill in 2018 was $41,264, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,056 for a family of four. However, Signal Hill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Signal Hill is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Signal Hill 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 Signal Hill, accounting for 36.60% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Signal Hill residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Signal Hill include English, Irish, German, French, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Signal Hill's cultural character, accounting for 25.23% of the city’s population.

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