Payson, AZ
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Payson is a medium-sized town located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 15,345 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Payson is the 41st largest community in Arizona.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Payson is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Payson is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Payson who work in office and administrative support (11.38%), healthcare (10.01%), and teaching (9.37%).

A relatively large number of people in Payson telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.43% 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.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Payson is worth considering.

As is often the case in a small town, Payson doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Payson are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.57% of adults in Payson having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Payson in 2010 was $23,461, 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 $93,844 for a family of four. However, Payson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Payson is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Payson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Payson residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Payson include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

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

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