Rancho Mirage, CA
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Rancho Mirage is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 18,194 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Rancho Mirage is the 331st largest community in California.

Housing costs in Rancho Mirage 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.

Rancho Mirage is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rancho Mirage is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rancho Mirage who work in management occupations (20.66%), sales jobs (17.59%), and healthcare (10.57%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.63% 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.

Another notable thing is that Rancho Mirage is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Rancho Mirage has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Rancho Mirage has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Rancho Mirage than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Rancho Mirage may be for you.

Even though Rancho Mirage is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Rancho Mirage is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.56% of adults in Rancho Mirage 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 Rancho Mirage in 2010 was $62,760, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $251,040 for a family of four. However, Rancho Mirage contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rancho Mirage is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rancho Mirage home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rancho Mirage residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Mirage include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Rancho Mirage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Persian.