Ripon is a small town in Wisconsin with a population of just under 8,000. Retirees can expect to feel right at home, as they account for 22% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young professionals account for a smaller percentage of the town. Overall, the town's population, at an average age of just under 44, is older than most cities in Wisconsin. Home ownership is more common than renting in Ripon, and 36% of residents rent. The average rent of $819 per month is just below the state average.
Averaging about 20 minutes, the commute time for Ripon residents outperforms the state average of about 23 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the most common mode of getting to work, opted for by 45% of commuters, while public transportation is not extensively used. A small percentage of residents (5%) walk to work, though the number far surpasses the national average.
Many Ripon residents work in one of four industries: manufacturing, education, retail, and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 36% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in transportation, as 13% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of about $65,000, Ripon workers earn roughly the same as the average Wisconsin resident. However, Ripon compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Ripon has a high percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school degree or GED (25%) compared to the national average. Further, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 7% have a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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