Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 1,615,017 people and 359 constituent neighborhoods, Phoenix is the largest community in Arizona.

Phoenix is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.37%), sales jobs (11.39%), and management occupations (9.25%).

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.

Phoenix, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Phoenix are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The percentage of people in Phoenix who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.35% of adults in Phoenix have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Phoenix in 2010 was $25,213, 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 $100,852 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 41.76% 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 19.76% of the city’s population.

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