Seaside 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 33,748 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Seaside is the 233rd largest community in California.
Housing costs in Seaside 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.
Seaside is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Seaside is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Seaside who work in maintenance occupations (13.05%), food service (12.35%), and sales jobs (9.64%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Seaside, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
In addition, Seaside is a college town. There are a lot of students in Seaside attending college, and as a result Seaside provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Seaside 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Seaside use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Seaside‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Seaside citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.26% of adults in Seaside have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Seaside in 2018 was $26,172, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,688 for a family of four. However, Seaside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Seaside is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Seaside 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 Seaside, accounting for 42.99% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Seaside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Seaside include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Seaside also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.89%.
The most common language spoken in Seaside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.