Midway through the recession Ripon became No. 1 in San Joaquin County.
No. 1, that is, for the highest median household income.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau used by the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific placed Ripon’s median household income at $81,729.
Gains between 2005 and 2009 allowed Ripon to surpass Tracy as the community in San Joaquin County with the highest median household income. Tracy is second at $77,705.
Rounding out the list is Lathrop at third at $67,319, Escalon fourth at $64,866, Manteca fifth at $62,317, Lodi sixth at $49,601, and Stockton at $47,426 Only two cities in San Joaquin County are below the $60,392 median household income for California.
And while Ripon tops Tracy in income, it takes a back seat in the average commute time for workers. Tracy and Lathrop workers spend an average of 45 minutes commuting to work. Ripon workers typically spend an average of 35 minutes getting to work which is the same time as their counterparts in Manteca based on the UOP research. Stockton workers take 27 minutes on average to get to work and Lodi workers 24 minutes.
Ripon isn’t without its economic blemishes. The same research using census data shows poverty has increased west of Highway 99 in Ripon by 4 to 10 percent as it has in Central Manteca, North Manteca and scattered parts of Stockton.