Eureka, CA
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Living in Eureka


Eureka is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 26,710 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Eureka is the 262nd largest community in California.

Unlike some cities, Eureka isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Eureka are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Eureka is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Eureka who work in office and administrative support (13.54%), sales jobs (13.13%), and management occupations (10.73%).

Eureka 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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.68 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Eureka is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Eureka in 2018 was $28,788, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,152 for a family of four. However, Eureka contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Eureka is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Eureka home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Eureka residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Eureka also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Eureka include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Eureka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.