Big Bear Lake, CA
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Big Bear Lake is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 5,213 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Big Bear Lake is the 506th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Big Bear Lake are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities, Big Bear Lake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Big Bear Lake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Big Bear Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Bear Lake who work in sales jobs (16.40%), management occupations (12.28%), and office and administrative support (10.31%).

Of important note, Big Bear Lake is also a city of artists. Big Bear Lake has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Big Bear Lake’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Big Bear Lake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.71% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Lake is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet city 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 Lake 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 Lake has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Big Bear Lake 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 Lake may be for you.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.03 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Big Bear Lake citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.40% of adults in Big Bear Lake have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Big Bear Lake in 2010 was $31,904, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,616 for a family of four. However, Big Bear Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Big Bear Lake is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Big Bear Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Bear Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Big Bear Lake also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Big Bear Lake include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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

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