South El Monte, CA
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South El Monte is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 20,878 people and six constituent neighborhoods, South El Monte is the 312th largest community in California.

Housing costs in South El Monte 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, South El Monte is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.40% of the South El Monte workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, South El Monte is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South El Monte who work in office and administrative support (14.05%), sales jobs (9.61%), and food service (6.72%).

One downside of living in South El Monte is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South El Monte, the average commute to work is 33.61 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

A lot of people in South El Monte take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in South El Monte, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In South El Monte, just 7.37% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in South El Monte in 2010 was $15,167, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,668 for a family of four. However, South El Monte contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South El Monte is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South El Monte 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 South El Monte, accounting for 84.23% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of South El Monte residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in South El Monte include French , Irish, English, and Italian.

South El Monte also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 43.82%.

The most common language spoken in South El Monte is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Chinese.