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 88.25% 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 (25.09%), office and administrative support (13.51%), and maintenance occupations (13.16%).

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Mariposa has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Mariposa a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One downside of living in Mariposa, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.14 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For a small town, Mariposa has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the train. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Mariposa exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

In terms of college education, Mariposa is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.75% of adults 25 and older in Mariposa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mariposa in 2010 was $18,842, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,368 for a family of four. Mariposa also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.60% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mariposa is a very 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 19.29% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mariposa include German, English, European, and Armenian.

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

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