Patterson is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 22,124 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Patterson is the 306th largest community in California. Much of the housing stock in Patterson was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Patterson economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Patterson, where the median household income is $61,761.00.
Housing costs in Patterson are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Patterson is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.86% of the Patterson workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (16.42%), sales jobs (10.67%), and food service (5.57%).
One downside of living in Patterson, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.84 minutes every day commuting to work.
The population of Patterson has a very low overall level of education: only 8.76% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Patterson in 2010 was $21,048, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,192 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 61.59% 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 German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Patterson's cultural character, accounting for 23.54% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Patterson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.