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 (14.56%), 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.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Tucson is having a public transportation system, but in Tucson the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Tucson benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The overall education level of Tucson is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 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 .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Tucson's cultural character, accounting for 15.15% of the city’s population.

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