Barstow has the 1320th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 4.7% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Barstow is part of the Riverside metro area. Unemployment in the Riverside area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Riverside has the 24th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Barstow is below average at $45,210, and the median cost of a home in Barstow is $93,600, which is below the national average. 11% of workers in Barstow hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 80% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Barstow. 75% of Barstow workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 15% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Barstow spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.