Wheat Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 31,324 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Wheat Ridge is the 24th largest community in Colorado.
Housing costs in Wheat Ridge are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.
Wheat Ridge is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Wheat Ridge is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wheat Ridge who work in office and administrative support (11.82%), sales jobs (11.69%), and management occupations (11.61%).
Also of interest is that Wheat Ridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.90% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Wheat Ridge is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Wheat Ridge, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of Wheat Ridge is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.84% of adults in Wheat Ridge have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Wheat Ridge in 2018 was $35,956, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $143,824 for a family of four. However, Wheat Ridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wheat Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wheat Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wheat Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Wheat Ridge also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wheat Ridge include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Wheat Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.