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 88.78% 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 management occupations (12.77%), teaching (11.54%), and office and administrative support (10.81%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Ojai is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.75% of adults in Ojai have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Ojai in 2010 was $35,366, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $141,464 for a family of four. However, Ojai contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ojai is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 16.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ojai include German, Irish, Italian, and European.

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

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