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.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Bear Lake who work in sales jobs (15.82%), office and administrative support (12.02%), and food service (9.64%).

A relatively large number of people in Big Bear Lake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.11% 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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 Lake’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Big Bear Lake has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Big Bear Lake a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Big Bear Lake spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.33 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Big Bear Lake citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.37% of adults in Big Bear Lake have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Big Bear Lake in 2010 was $30,115, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,460 for a family of four. However, Big Bear Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Big Bear Lake is a somewhat 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 Native Hawaiian. 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 20.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Big Bear Lake include German, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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