Scottsdale, AZ
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Living in Scottsdale


Scottsdale is a relatively large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 246,645 people and 60 constituent neighborhoods, Scottsdale is the sixth largest community in Arizona.

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

Scottsdale is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scottsdale is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scottsdale who work in management occupations (16.63%), sales jobs (15.97%), and office and administrative support (11.29%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 city are by private automobile, Scottsdale is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Scottsdale area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Scottsdale is a pretty powerful place. 55.57% of the adults in Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale in 2010 was $54,060, which is wealthy relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,240 for a family of four. However, Scottsdale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Scottsdale is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Scottsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scottsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Scottsdale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.25% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Scottsdale include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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