Oak Ridge, NC
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Oak Ridge is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 6,671 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oak Ridge is the 125th largest community in North Carolina.

Oak Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Oak Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Oak Ridge is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Ridge is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Ridge who work in management occupations (17.65%), sales jobs (14.88%), and office and administrative support (11.57%).

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.

Because of many things, Oak Ridge is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Oak Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Oak Ridge perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

As is often the case in a small town, Oak Ridge doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Oak Ridge ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Oak Ridge, 48.15% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Oak Ridge in 2010 was $42,243, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,972 for a family of four.

Oak Ridge is a somewhat 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, Irish, Italian, and European.

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