Watsonville 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 53,796 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Watsonville is the 170th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Watsonville 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 Watsonville, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 41.37% of Watsonville’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Watsonville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Watsonville who work in farm management occupations (18.40%), sales jobs (10.45%), and office and administrative support (9.80%).
One of the nice things about Watsonville 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Watsonville 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 Watsonville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The rate of college-level education in Watsonville is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.90% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Watsonville in 2010 was $17,398, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,592 for a family of four. However, Watsonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Watsonville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Watsonville 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 Watsonville, accounting for 81.77% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Watsonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Watsonville include English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.
Watsonville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 37.39%.
The most common language spoken in Watsonville is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.