Ajo, AZ


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Ajo is a very small town located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 3,369 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ajo is the 94th largest community in Arizona.

Ajo is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.38% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ajo is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ajo who work in law enforcement and fire fighting (15.18%), food service (13.36%), and personal care services (10.83%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ajo has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ajo has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ajo than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ajo may be for you.

One of the benefits of Ajo is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.67 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.

For a small town, Ajo has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Ajo exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The citizens of Ajo are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.95% of adults in Ajo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Ajo in 2010 was $19,703, which is middle income relative to Arizona, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,812 for a family of four. Ajo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.96% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ajo is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ajo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ajo residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Ajo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.92% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ajo include English, Irish, Italian, and European.

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

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