Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 1,563,025 people and 359 constituent neighborhoods, Phoenix is the largest community in Arizona.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Phoenix is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Phoenix is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Phoenix who work in office and administrative support (14.54%), sales jobs (11.69%), and management occupations (9.09%).

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

The percentage of people in Phoenix who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.72% of adults in Phoenix have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Phoenix in 2010 was $24,231, 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 $96,924 for a family of four. However, Phoenix contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Phoenix is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Phoenix home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Phoenix residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Phoenix also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 41.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Phoenix include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Phoenix's cultural character, accounting for 20.03% of the city’s population.

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