Red Oak is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 13,464 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Red Oak is the 216th 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 $71,957.00.
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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Red Oak who work in office and administrative support (17.37%), sales jobs (12.30%), and management occupations (9.74%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.30% 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.
One downside of living in Red Oak, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.27 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Red Oak are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.91% of adults in Red Oak having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Red Oak in 2018 was $31,154, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $124,616 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 20.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Red Oak include German, Irish, English, African, and European.
The most common language spoken in Red Oak is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.