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.
Avenal is a blue-collar town, with 55.50% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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 (37.24%), office and administrative support (8.37%), and personal care services (7.63%).
One downside of living in Avenal is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Avenal, the average commute to work is 31.59 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 3.86% of people over 25 have a college degree.
The per capita income in Avenal in 2010 was $7,532, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $30,128 for a family of four. Avenal also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.62% 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 79.20% 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, Polish, and Italian.
In addition, Avenal has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (36.93%).
The most common language spoken in Avenal is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.