Chula Vista, CA
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Living in Chula Vista


Chula Vista is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 274,492 people and 45 constituent neighborhoods, Chula Vista is the 14th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Chula Vista 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, Chula Vista isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chula Vista are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chula Vista is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chula Vista who work in office and administrative support (12.98%), sales jobs (11.18%), and management occupations (9.35%).

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

Chula Vista is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Chula Vista is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Chula Vista is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Chula Vista, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.86 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Chula Vista is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.39% of adults in Chula Vista have a college degree.

The per capita income in Chula Vista in 2018 was $31,076, 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 $124,304 for a family of four. However, Chula Vista contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chula Vista is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chula Vista 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 Chula Vista, accounting for 59.75% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chula Vista residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Chula Vista include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chula Vista's cultural character, accounting for 31.14% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Chula Vista is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.