Troy, AL
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Troy is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 19,037 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Troy is the 32nd largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities, Troy isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Troy are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Troy is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Troy who work in office and administrative support (14.32%), teaching (11.49%), and sales jobs (9.88%).

Troy is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Troy to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Troy, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One of the benefits of Troy is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.53 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.

As is often the case in a small city, Troy doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Troy citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.28% of adults in Troy have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Troy in 2010 was $20,767, which is middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,068 for a family of four. However, Troy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Troy also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.54% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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


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