Whittier is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 86,838 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Whittier is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (18.30%), sales jobs (11.29%), and management occupations (10.17%).
One downside of living in Whittier is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Whittier, the average commute to work is 33.44 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
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, 24.78% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Whittier in 2010 was $29,092, 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 $116,368 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 67.60% 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.
In addition, Whittier has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.09%).
The most common language spoken in Whittier is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.