Ridgecrest, CA
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Ridgecrest is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 28,780 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ridgecrest is the 260th largest community in California.

Ridgecrest is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ridgecrest is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgecrest who work in office and administrative support (11.03%), management occupations (8.91%), and architecture and engineering (8.79%).

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

One of the benefits of Ridgecrest is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.79 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The overall education level of Ridgecrest is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.22% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ridgecrest in 2010 was $27,824, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,296 for a family of four. However, Ridgecrest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ridgecrest is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ridgecrest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ridgecrest residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ridgecrest also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ridgecrest include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Ridgecrest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).