Troy, AL
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Troy is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 18,853 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Troy is the 32nd largest community in Alabama.

Troy real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Troy house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Troy is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Troy is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Troy who work in office and administrative support (17.40%), teaching (9.91%), and management occupations (6.94%).

Also of interest is that Troy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Troy spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.19 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Troy is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.21% of adults in Troy have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Troy in 2010 was $19,828, 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 $79,312 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 31.94% 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 English, Irish, German, and Scots-Irish.

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

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