Big Bear City, CA
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Big Bear City is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 12,707 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Big Bear City is the 386th largest community in California.

Unlike some towns, Big Bear City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Big Bear City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Big Bear City is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Bear City who work in sales jobs (20.32%), office and administrative support (10.71%), and management occupations (9.19%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.29% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Big Bear City is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Big Bear City’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Big Bear City has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Big Bear City has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Big Bear City than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Big Bear City may be for you.

As is often the case in a small town, Big Bear City doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Big Bear City with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.53% of adults in Big Bear City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Big Bear City in 2010 was $23,024, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,096 for a family of four. However, Big Bear City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Big Bear City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Bear City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Big Bear City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.24% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Big Bear City include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Big Bear City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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