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%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hope spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.84 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The rate of college-level education in Hope is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.46% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an 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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