Red Oak is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 15,364 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Red Oak is the 200th largest community in Texas. Red Oak 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 Red Oak, where the median household income is $78,646.00.
Red Oak is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Red Oak is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Red Oak who work in office and administrative support (16.02%), management occupations (12.23%), and sales jobs (11.34%).
Also of interest is that Red Oak has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.60% 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.
In Red Oak, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.68 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Being a small city, Red Oak does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, Red Oak is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.77% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Red Oak in 2018 was $31,860, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,440 for a family of four. However, Red Oak contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Red Oak is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Red Oak home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Red Oak residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Red Oak also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.79% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Red Oak include German, Irish, English, African, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Red Oak is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.