Signal Hill is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,649 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Signal Hill is the 399th 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 87.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Signal Hill is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Signal Hill who work in office and administrative support (12.70%), management occupations (10.61%), and sales jobs (9.01%).
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.
Also of interest is that Signal Hill has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Signal Hill is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Signal Hill enrolled in college, Signal Hill has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
In Signal Hill, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.58 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.
In Signal Hill, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Signal Hill is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The education level of Signal Hill citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.82% of adults in Signal Hill have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Signal Hill in 2010 was $32,382, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,528 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 38.02% 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 Irish, German, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Signal Hill's cultural character, accounting for 30.54% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Signal Hill is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.