Eureka, California is a small city with slightly less than 27,000 residents. The city's population, at an average age of just under 40, is slightly older compared to other municipalities in the state, which has an average age of 37. By a narrow 55%-45% margin, renters slightly outnumber homeowners in Eureka. The city boasts a relatively affordable average rent of $942 per month, which is significantly less than the state average. Those savings add up over the course of a year.
With an average commute time of about 15 minutes, shorter than most cities in California, Eureka residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Driving is the most common means of commuting to work, opted for by 34% of residents, while public transportation is not extensively used. Few residents (3%) walk to work, though the number is greater than the national average.
There are three primary industries in Eureka: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 22% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 7% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of just over $50,000, Eureka workers earn less than the average California resident. Eureka's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Eureka has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 who have an Associate's degree (7%) compared to the national average (5%). Additionally, 18% have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
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