Whittier is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 86,883 people and 42 constituent neighborhoods, Whittier is the 84th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Whittier 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.
Whittier is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Whittier is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Whittier who work in office and administrative support (17.98%), sales jobs (11.46%), and management occupations (9.09%).
In Whittier, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.41 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Whittier use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Whittier‘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 population of Whittier overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Whittier, 24.80% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Whittier in 2010 was $28,508, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $114,032 for a family of four. However, Whittier contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Whittier is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Whittier 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 Whittier, accounting for 68.17% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Whittier residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Whittier include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Whittier's cultural character, accounting for 18.06% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Whittier is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.