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 57.77% 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 transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wasco who work in farm management occupations (28.40%), office and administrative support (6.99%), and sales jobs (5.87%).

Wasco ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 3.83% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wasco in 2010 was $10,561, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $42,244 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 32.66% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Wasco is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wasco 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 Wasco, accounting for 79.46% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Wasco residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wasco include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

Wasco also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.22%.

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

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