Flagstaff, AZ
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Flagstaff is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 71,975 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 86.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Flagstaff is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Flagstaff who work in office and administrative support (14.24%), food service (12.05%), and sales jobs (10.74%).

Because Flagstaff has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Flagstaff lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Flagstaff is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Flagstaff people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is Flagstaff a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Flagstaff a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Flagstaff spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Flagstaff ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Flagstaff, 45.14% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Flagstaff in 2010 was $25,738, 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 $102,952 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 19.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Flagstaff include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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