Alturas, CA
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Alturas is a very small city located in the state of California. With a population of 2,594 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Alturas is the 593rd largest community in California. Alturas has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Alturas isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Alturas are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alturas is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alturas who work in office and administrative support (19.34%), management occupations (10.06%), and sales jobs (8.59%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Alturas has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Alturas a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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 11.39 minutes getting to work every day.

Alturas is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

In Alturas, just 12.93% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Alturas in 2010 was $21,027, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,108 for a family of four. However, Alturas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Alturas is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alturas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alturas residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Alturas also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alturas include English, Irish, Dutch, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Alturas is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).

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