Tucson, AZ
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Tucson is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 530,706 people and 196 constituent neighborhoods, Tucson is the second largest community in Arizona.

Tucson is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Tucson is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Tucson who work in office and administrative support (14.56%), sales jobs (10.78%), and food service (7.93%).

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

In addition, Tucson also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Tucson is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Tucson a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Tucson has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate every spring.

Tucson, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Tucson 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.

In terms of college education, Tucson is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.25% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Tucson in 2010 was $20,481, which is middle income relative to Arizona, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,924 for a family of four. However, Tucson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tucson is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tucson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tucson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Tucson also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 42.52% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tucson include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Tucson also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.15%.

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