Phoenix, AZ
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Living in Phoenix


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.

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 (14.37%), 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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Phoenix really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Phoenix citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Phoenix ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Phoenix a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

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.