Avenal, CA
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Avenal is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 13,301 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Avenal is the 345th largest community in California.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Avenal is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 48.54% of the Avenal workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Avenal is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Avenal who work in farm management occupations (30.10%), personal care services (9.24%), and maintenance occupations (9.05%).

In Avenal, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.02 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Avenal has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

Avenal ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 3.50% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Avenal in 2010 was $7,448, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $29,792 for a family of four. Avenal also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.39% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Avenal is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Avenal 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 Avenal, accounting for 76.41% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Avenal residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Avenal include English, German, Italian, and French .

In addition, Avenal has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (34.96%).

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

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