Watsonville, CA
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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 54,098 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Watsonville is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 41.33% of the Watsonville workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (16.17%), office and administrative support (10.88%), and sales jobs (9.77%).

Watsonville is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Watsonville, just 11.37% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Watsonville in 2010 was $18,979, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,916 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 81.94% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

In addition, Watsonville has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (37.34%).

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