Cave Junction, OR
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Cave Junction is a very small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 2,071 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cave Junction is the 145th largest community in Oregon. Cave Junction has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Cave Junction, where the median household income is $29,744.00.

When you are in Cave Junction, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.28% of Cave Junction’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Cave Junction is a city of service providers, professionals, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cave Junction who work in healthcare (10.94%), healthcare suport services (10.17%), and sales jobs (8.45%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.09% 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.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Cave Junction has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Cave Junction has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Cave Junction than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Cave Junction may be for you.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Cave Junction spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.08 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small city, Cave Junction does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Cave Junction, just 9.55% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cave Junction in 2018 was $18,057, which is low income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $72,228 for a family of four. Cave Junction also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.93% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Cave Junction is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cave Junction home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cave Junction residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cave Junction include German, Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and French.

The most common language spoken in Cave Junction is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and German/Yiddish.


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