South Gate, CA
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South Gate is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 96,401 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, South Gate is the 73rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in South Gate 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 Gate, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.01% of South Gate’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, South Gate is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Gate who work in office and administrative support (15.02%), sales jobs (11.64%), and maintenance occupations (5.24%).

One downside of living in South Gate, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.37 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, South Gate is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the South Gate area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of South Gate has a very low overall level of education: only 7.59% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in South Gate in 2010 was $14,524, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,096 for a family of four. However, South Gate contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Gate is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Gate 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 Gate, accounting for 95.51% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of South Gate residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Gate include German, English, Irish, and French .

South Gate also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 43.15%.

The most common language spoken in South Gate is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Korean.