Wasco, CA
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Wasco is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 26,279 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Wasco is the 272nd largest community in California.

Wasco is a blue-collar town, with 56.74% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Wasco is a city of farmers, fishers, or foresters, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wasco who work in farm management occupations (26.88%), office and administrative support (8.54%), and sales jobs (5.59%).

Wasco ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 3.70% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wasco in 2010 was $10,931, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $43,724 for a family of four. However, Wasco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Wasco also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.17% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Wasco is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wasco home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wasco residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wasco also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 77.28% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wasco include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Wasco's cultural character, accounting for 29.10% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Wasco is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Indic languages.

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