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 91.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Ridge is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Ridge who work in management occupations (17.36%), sales jobs (12.57%), and office and administrative support (10.66%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.82% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

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.

Oak Ridge is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oak Ridge, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oak Ridge is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.24% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oak Ridge in 2010 was $40,707, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $162,828 for a family of four.

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.