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.

Unlike some cities, Ridgecrest isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ridgecrest are a mix of both white- and blue-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 management occupations (9.80%), office and administrative support (9.70%), and sales jobs (9.51%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.38 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Ridgecrest is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.86% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ridgecrest in 2010 was $27,954, 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 $111,816 for a family of four. However, Ridgecrest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ridgecrest is a very 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 14.88% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ridgecrest include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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