Blythe is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 19,630 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 (15.40%), law enforcement and fire fighting (9.91%), and management occupations (8.62%).
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 17.19 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Blythe has a very low overall level of education: only 7.80% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Blythe in 2010 was $15,224, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,896 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 55.94% 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 German, Irish, English, French, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Blythe's cultural character, accounting for 16.31% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Blythe is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.