Cottonwood, CA
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Cottonwood is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 3,344 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Cottonwood is the 567th largest community in California.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Cottonwood is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.98% of the Cottonwood workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Cottonwood is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cottonwood who work in healthcare suport services (13.61%), management occupations (7.37%), and office and administrative support (6.89%).

Also of interest is that Cottonwood has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Cottonwood is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Cottonwood, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 0.97% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.

Being a small town, Cottonwood does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Cottonwood, just 8.10% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cottonwood in 2010 was $17,268, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,072 for a family of four. However, Cottonwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Cottonwood also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.04% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Cottonwood is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cottonwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cottonwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Cottonwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.76% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cottonwood include Swedish, Irish, English, and French .

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

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