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%).

A relatively large number of people in Rancho Mirage telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.36% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Rancho Mirage’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Rancho Mirage is worth considering.

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.