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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Barstow is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.90%), sales jobs (11.19%), and food service (8.17%).

Also of interest is that Barstow has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Barstow, just 11.85% 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 Barstow in 2010 was $18,863, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,452 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 30.20% 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. The greatest number of Barstow residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Barstow also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 43.16% of the city’s residents. 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 Tagalog.

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