Rainier, OR
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Rainier is a very small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 1,920 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rainier is the 133rd largest community in Oregon.

Rainier is a blue-collar town, with 35.47% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Rainier is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rainier who work in food service (18.28%), office and administrative support (12.11%), and sales jobs (6.78%).

Also of interest is that Rainier 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: 8.64% 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.

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!) Rainier 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. Rainier has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Rainier than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Rainier may be for you.

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

The percentage of adults in Rainier with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.72% of adults in Rainier have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Rainier in 2010 was $23,633, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,532 for a family of four. However, Rainier contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Rainier home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rainier residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Rainier include Irish, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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

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