Mariposa, CA
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Mariposa is a very small town located in the state of California. With a population of 1,121 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mariposa is the 622nd largest community in California.

Mariposa is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mariposa is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mariposa who work in sales jobs (25.32%), maintenance occupations (14.60%), and office and administrative support (13.68%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Mariposa has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Mariposa has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Mariposa than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Mariposa may be for you.

In Mariposa, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.60 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Mariposa has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the train - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The percentage of adults in Mariposa with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.49% of adults in Mariposa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mariposa in 2010 was $17,064, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,256 for a family of four. Mariposa also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.29% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mariposa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Mariposa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mariposa residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Mariposa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.33% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mariposa include Irish, German, Armenian, and European.

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

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