Rancho Mirage, CA
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Rancho Mirage is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 18,306 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 88.91% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rancho Mirage is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rancho Mirage who work in management occupations (18.75%), sales jobs (15.40%), and healthcare (12.84%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.36% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

The citizens of Rancho Mirage are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.70% of adults in Rancho Mirage have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rancho Mirage in 2010 was $62,852, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $251,408 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. Rancho Mirage also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rancho Mirage include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

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