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.

Unlike some cities, Tucson isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Tucson are a mix of both white- and blue-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 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 is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Tucson really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Tucson citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Tucson 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 Tucson a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

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.