Oxford, OH
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Oxford is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 22,104 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Oxford is the 77th largest community in Ohio.

Oxford real estate is some of the most expensive in Ohio, although Oxford house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Oxford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oxford is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oxford who work in food service (18.84%), teaching (14.25%), and office and administrative support (13.10%).

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.

One of the benefits of Oxford is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.17 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Oxford has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Oxford has quite a high level of public transit users. Oxford’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Oxford. 61.90% 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 Oxford in 2010 was $15,842, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,368 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 46.96% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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