Shafter is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 18,336 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Shafter is the 332nd largest community in California.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Shafter is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 55.07% of the Shafter workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Shafter is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Shafter who work in farm management occupations (22.05%), office and administrative support (10.28%), and sales jobs (7.53%).
The citizens of Shafter have a very low rate of college education: just 6.69% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Shafter in 2010 was $13,882, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,528 for a family of four. However, Shafter contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Shafter is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Shafter home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Shafter, accounting for 82.73% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Shafter residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Shafter include German, English, Dutch, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Shafter's cultural character, accounting for 28.49% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Shafter is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.