Flagstaff, AZ
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Flagstaff is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 70,320 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Flagstaff is the 14th largest community in Arizona.

Flagstaff home prices are not only among the most expensive in Arizona, but Flagstaff real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Flagstaff is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Flagstaff is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Flagstaff who work in office and administrative support (14.09%), food service (11.83%), and sales jobs (11.63%).

In addition, Flagstaff is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Flagstaff culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Flagstaff really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Flagstaff every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Flagstaff. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Flagstaff benefits directly from this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.69 minutes getting to work every day.

Flagstaff is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.57% of adults in Flagstaff have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Flagstaff in 2010 was $25,179, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,716 for a family of four. However, Flagstaff contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Flagstaff is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Flagstaff home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Flagstaff residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Flagstaff also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Flagstaff include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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