Madera, CA
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Madera is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 64,208 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Madera is the 137th largest community in California.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Madera is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 46.96% of the Madera workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Madera is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Madera who work in farm management occupations (24.21%), office and administrative support (10.78%), and sales jobs (8.55%).

The citizens of Madera have a very low rate of college education: just 9.03% 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 Madera in 2010 was $14,554, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,216 for a family of four. However, Madera contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Madera is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Madera 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 Madera, accounting for 78.42% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Madera residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Madera include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Madera has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.02%).

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