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.

When you are in South El Monte, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 39.27% of South El Monte’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, South El Monte is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South El Monte who work in office and administrative support (13.22%), food service (8.18%), and sales jobs (7.89%).

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 33.05 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in South El Monte use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of South El Monte‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of South El Monte have a very low rate of college education: just 7.67% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in South El Monte in 2010 was $14,926, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,704 for a family of four. However, South El Monte contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South El Monte is a very 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 86.93% 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 White, followed by Asian. 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: 44.79%.

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