Oak Ridge, TN
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Oak Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 29,302 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Oak Ridge is the 22nd largest community in Tennessee.

Oak Ridge is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.05%), sales jobs (9.14%), and management occupations (8.69%).

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.

Oak Ridge’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

The citizens of Oak Ridge are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.73% of adults in Oak Ridge have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oak Ridge in 2010 was $31,774, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,096 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 English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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