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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Signal Hill, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Signal Hill provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One downside of living in Signal Hill, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.58 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Signal Hill is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The citizens of Signal Hill are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.