Blythe, CA
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Blythe is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,208 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 law enforcement and fire fighting (12.93%), office and administrative support (11.28%), and sales jobs (9.76%).

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 16.07 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Blythe have a very low rate of college education: just 9.16% 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 $15,835, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,340 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. The greatest number of Blythe residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Blythe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 53.91% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Blythe include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

In addition, Blythe has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.77%).

The most common language spoken in Blythe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.