Clearlake, CA


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Clearlake is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 15,182 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clearlake is the 346th largest community in California.

Clearlake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Clearlake is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Clearlake who work in personal care services (14.81%), office and administrative support (12.91%), and sales jobs (9.13%).

A relatively large number of people in Clearlake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.08% 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.

The citizens of Clearlake have a very low rate of college education: just 8.45% 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 Clearlake in 2010 was $16,114, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,456 for a family of four. Clearlake also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Clearlake is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clearlake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clearlake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Clearlake also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clearlake include German, English, Italian, and French .

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

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