Patterson is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 21,498 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Patterson is the 306th largest community in California. Patterson has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Patterson, where the median household income is $53,542.00.
When you are in Patterson, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 38.15% of Patterson’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Patterson is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Patterson who work in office and administrative support (15.09%), sales jobs (8.91%), and food service (5.62%).
One downside of living in Patterson is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Patterson, the average commute to work is 34.46 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
In Patterson, just 10.15% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Patterson in 2010 was $18,957, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,828 for a family of four. However, Patterson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Patterson is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Patterson 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 Patterson, accounting for 58.14% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Patterson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Patterson include Portuguese, Irish, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Patterson's cultural character, accounting for 22.86% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Patterson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.