Flagstaff, AZ
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Flagstaff is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 73,964 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%).

Flagstaff is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Flagstaff have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Flagstaff’s economy is one such example of this.

Not only is Flagstaff a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Flagstaff is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Flagstaff a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 16.82 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Flagstaff are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.14% of adults in Flagstaff have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.