Oak Ridge, TN

Oak Ridge profile

Living in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 29,156 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Oak Ridge is the 22nd largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities, Oak Ridge isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oak Ridge are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oak Ridge is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Ridge who work in office and administrative support (11.85%), management occupations (10.01%), and sales jobs (7.93%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Oak Ridge has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

The population of Oak Ridge is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.05% of adults in Oak Ridge have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oak Ridge in 2018 was $33,661, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $134,644 for a family of four. However, Oak Ridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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