Oro Valley, AZ
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Oro Valley is a medium-sized town located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 43,781 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Oro Valley is the 21st largest community in Arizona.

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

Oro Valley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oro Valley is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oro Valley who work in sales jobs (12.25%), office and administrative support (11.59%), and management occupations (11.56%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Oro Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.52% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Oro Valley is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Oro Valley area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Oro Valley is a pretty powerful place. 50.68% of the adults in Oro Valley have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Oro Valley in 2010 was $41,615, which is wealthy relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,460 for a family of four. However, Oro Valley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oro Valley is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Oro Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oro Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Oro Valley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.59% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oro Valley include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Oro Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.