Hope, AR
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Hope is a somewhat small city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 9,891 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hope is the 39th largest community in Arkansas.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Hope is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 42.65% of the Hope workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Hope is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hope who work in office and administrative support (11.53%), food service (8.39%), and teaching (6.89%).

One of the benefits of Hope is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.84 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 percentage of people in Hope with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.46% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hope in 2010 was $13,022, which is low income relative to Arkansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $52,088 for a family of four. Hope also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Hope is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hope home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hope residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Hope also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.53% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hope include English, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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

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