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.

Florence is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.03%), office and administrative support (12.07%), and food service (9.03%).

In addition, Florence is a college town. There are a lot of students in Florence attending college, and as a result Florence provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.13 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Florence is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.69% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Florence in 2010 was $22,991, 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 $91,964 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, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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