Flagstaff, AZ
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Living in Flagstaff


Flagstaff is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 75,038 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Flagstaff is the 14th largest community in Arizona.

Flagstaff real estate is some of the most expensive in Arizona, although Flagstaff house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Flagstaff is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.91% 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 (13.33%), food service (12.27%), and sales jobs (10.63%).

Also of interest is that Flagstaff has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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.

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 decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Flagstaff is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.91 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.

The education level of Flagstaff ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Flagstaff, 46.16% 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 2018 was $26,285, 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 $105,140 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 18.97% 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 Native American languages.