Oak Ridge, NC

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Living in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 6,977 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oak Ridge is the 125th largest community in North Carolina.

Oak Ridge real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Oak Ridge house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Oak Ridge is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Ridge is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Ridge who work in sales jobs (15.19%), management occupations (15.15%), and office and administrative support (10.81%).

Also of interest is that Oak 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: 7.71% 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.

Oak Ridge is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Oak Ridge’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Being a small town, Oak Ridge does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Oak Ridge. 52.22% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oak Ridge in 2010 was $47,810, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,240 for a family of four.

Oak Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Oak Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oak Ridge include English, German, Italian, Irish, and European.

The most common language spoken in Oak Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Spanish.