Florence, AL
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Florence is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 40,026 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Florence is the 11th largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities, Florence isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Florence are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Florence is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Florence who work in sales jobs (13.57%), office and administrative support (13.07%), and food service (8.21%).

Florence is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Florence enrolled in college, Florence has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

One of the benefits of Florence is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.41 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The overall education level of Florence is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.06% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Florence in 2010 was $22,582, which is upper middle income relative to Alabama, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,328 for a family of four. However, Florence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Florence is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Florence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Florence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Florence include English, German, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Florence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.