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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alturas is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alturas is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alturas who work in office and administrative support (18.33%), personal care services (10.56%), and teaching (8.73%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Alturas spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.56 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Alturas doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Alturas with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.69% of adults in Alturas have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Alturas in 2010 was $21,118, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,472 for a family of four. However, Alturas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 13.67% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alturas include Irish, English, Dutch, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Alturas is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.

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