Ojai, CA
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Ojai is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 7,627 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ojai is the 453rd largest community in California.

Ojai home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Ojai real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Ojai is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ojai is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ojai who work in teaching (13.39%), office and administrative support (11.95%), and management occupations (10.98%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Ojai telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 19.62% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

The education level of Ojai ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ojai, 46.72% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Ojai in 2010 was $35,231, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,924 for a family of four. However, Ojai contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ojai home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ojai residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ojai also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ojai include German, Irish, Italian, and French .

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

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