Show Low, AZ


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Show Low is a somewhat small city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 10,860 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Show Low is the 49th largest community in Arizona.

Unlike some cities, Show Low isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Show Low are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Show Low is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Show Low who work in office and administrative support (20.04%), sales jobs (12.72%), and food service (9.85%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.73% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Another notable thing is that Show Low is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Show Low’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Show Low has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Show Low has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Show Low than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Show Low may be for you.

One of the benefits of Show Low is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.99 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The percentage of adults in Show Low who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.41% of the adults in Show Low have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Show Low in 2010 was $21,895, 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 $87,580 for a family of four. However, Show Low contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Show Low is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Show Low home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Show Low residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Show Low also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Show Low include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Show Low is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.

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