Ventura, CA
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Ventura is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 109,708 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Ventura is the 56th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Ventura 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.

Unlike some cities, Ventura isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ventura are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ventura is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ventura who work in office and administrative support (13.23%), management occupations (11.33%), and sales jobs (10.93%).

Also of interest is that Ventura has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about Ventura is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The overall education level of Ventura citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.92% of adults in Ventura have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ventura in 2010 was $32,672, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $130,688 for a family of four. However, Ventura contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ventura is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ventura home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ventura residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ventura also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ventura include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Ventura's cultural character, accounting for 15.23% of the city’s population.

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