Blythe is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,693 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Blythe is the 302nd largest community in California.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Blythe is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Blythe is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Blythe who work in office and administrative support (14.84%), sales jobs (9.15%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (8.71%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Blythe spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.12 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
For a small city, Blythe has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Blythe exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The citizens of Blythe have a very low rate of college education: just 8.65% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Blythe in 2010 was $14,571, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,284 for a family of four. However, Blythe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Blythe is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Blythe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Blythe, accounting for 55.52% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Blythe residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Blythe include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
In addition, Blythe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.57%).
The most common language spoken in Blythe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.