Whittier, CA
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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.

Unlike some cities, Whittier isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Whittier are a mix 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 (17.98%), sales jobs (11.46%), and management occupations (9.09%).

One downside of living in Whittier, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.41 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Whittier 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 Whittier area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Whittier are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.80% of adults in Whittier having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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 .

In addition, Whittier has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.06%).

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