Big Bear Lake is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 5,068 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Big Bear Lake is the 520th 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.
Big Bear Lake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Big Bear Lake is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Bear Lake who work in management occupations (14.52%), office and administrative support (11.72%), and sales jobs (9.69%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 18.56% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
One of the benefits of Big Bear Lake is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.04 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Big Bear Lake is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The overall education level of Big Bear Lake citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.50% of adults in Big Bear Lake have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Big Bear Lake in 2018 was $33,839, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,356 for a family of four. However, Big Bear Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Big Bear Lake is an extremely 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 Asian. 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 31.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Big Bear Lake include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Big Bear Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.