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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.

Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, California is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, California is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in California who work in office and administrative support (14.73%), sales jobs (12.01%), and food service (7.18%).

Of important note, California is also a borough of artists. California has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape California’s character.

California is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the California area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps California maintain a good economy.

The overall education level of California is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.14% of adults 25 and older in the borough have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in California in 2010 was $24,508, which is middle income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,032 for a family of four. However, California contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

California is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. 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 English.

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