Rancho Mirage, CA
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Rancho Mirage is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 18,083 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 90.58% 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 sales jobs (18.88%), management occupations (18.56%), and healthcare (10.87%).

Also of interest is that Rancho Mirage has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.06% 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 destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Rancho Mirage has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Rancho Mirage a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

The citizens of Rancho Mirage are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.92% 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 $61,391, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $245,564 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 Tagalog.