Mendota, CA
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Mendota is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,430 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Mendota is the 400th largest community in California.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Mendota is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 78.18% of the Mendota workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Mendota is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, transportation and shipping workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mendota who work in farm management occupations (54.29%), sales jobs (4.51%), and office and administrative support (3.78%).

In Mendota, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.35 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The population of Mendota has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 1.45% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Mendota in 2010 was $8,949, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $35,796 for a family of four. Mendota also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 46.48% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mendota is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mendota 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 Mendota, accounting for 98.03% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Mendota residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Mendota include Ethiopian, Yugoslavian, Other West Indian, and West Indian.

In addition, Mendota has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (52.65%).

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

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