Barstow, CA


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Barstow is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 23,692 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Barstow is the 295th largest community in California.

Unlike some cities, Barstow isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Barstow are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Barstow is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Barstow who work in office and administrative support (14.44%), sales jobs (11.41%), and food service (7.98%).

The rate of college-level education in Barstow is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.52% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Barstow in 2010 was $18,175, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $72,700 for a family of four. However, Barstow contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Barstow also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.69% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Barstow is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Barstow 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 Barstow, accounting for 44.99% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Barstow residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Barstow include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

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

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