Oxford is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 23,110 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Oxford is the 77th largest community in Ohio.
Oxford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oxford is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oxford who work in teaching (16.64%), food service (13.63%), and office and administrative support (13.53%).
Also of interest is that Oxford 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: 10.31% 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.
Oxford is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Oxford have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Oxford’s economy is one such example of this.
Oxford, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oxford spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.72 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
If knowledge is power, Oxford is a pretty powerful place. 60.13% of the adults in Oxford have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Oxford in 2018 was $17,855, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,420 for a family of four. However, Oxford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Oxford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 47.50% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Oxford is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oxford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oxford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oxford include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Oxford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Polish.