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 86.96% 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 food service (16.51%), law enforcement and fire fighting (12.79%), and teaching (12.19%).

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.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.05 minutes getting to work every day.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Ajo has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Ajo rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.82% of adults 25 and older in Ajo have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Ajo in 2010 was $18,936, 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 $75,744 for a family of four. Ajo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.63% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ajo is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ajo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Ajo, accounting for 39.78% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Ajo residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Ajo include English, European, Irish, and Norwegian.

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

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