Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Mammoth Lakes is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,946 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Mammoth Lakes is the 437th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Mammoth Lakes are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Mammoth Lakes is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.32% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mammoth Lakes is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mammoth Lakes who work in maintenance occupations (15.56%), management occupations (14.39%), and sales jobs (12.19%).

Of important note, Mammoth Lakes is also a town of artists. Mammoth Lakes has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Mammoth Lakes’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.01% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Another notable thing is that Mammoth Lakes is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Mammoth Lakes spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.99 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Even though Mammoth Lakes is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Mammoth Lakes citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.33% of adults in Mammoth Lakes have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mammoth Lakes in 2010 was $27,170, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,680 for a family of four. However, Mammoth Lakes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mammoth Lakes is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Mammoth Lakes home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mammoth Lakes residents report their race to be White, followed by Native Hawaiian. Mammoth Lakes also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.80% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mammoth Lakes include German, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Mammoth Lakes has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.41%).

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

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