Tucson, AZ
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Tucson is a very large city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 531,641 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 (14.57%), sales jobs (11.14%), and food service (7.69%).

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 is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Tucson have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Tucson is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Tucson, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Tucson is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates 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.

The overall education level of Tucson is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.04% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Tucson in 2010 was $20,437, 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 $81,748 for a family of four. However, Tucson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tucson is a very 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 42.21% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tucson include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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