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California is a somewhat small borough located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 6,608 people and two constituent neighborhoods, California is the 197th largest community in Pennsylvania. California has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic boroughs.

California is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, California is a borough of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in California who work in office and administrative support (12.79%), food service (12.66%), and sales jobs (11.46%).

Also of interest is that California has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

California is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped California to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

The percentage of people in California who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.13% of adults in California have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in California in 2010 was $20,427, which is lower middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,708 for a family of four. However, California contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call California home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of California residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in California include Irish, Italian, Polish, and Slovak.

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