Alamosa, CO
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Alamosa is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 9,819 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Alamosa is the 55th largest community in Colorado.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alamosa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alamosa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alamosa who work in office and administrative support (16.69%), teaching (9.41%), and food service (8.91%).

In addition, Alamosa is a college town. There are a lot of students in Alamosa attending college, and as a result Alamosa provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.21 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Alamosa is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.43% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Alamosa in 2010 was $19,315, which is lower middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,260 for a family of four. However, Alamosa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Alamosa also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Alamosa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alamosa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Alamosa, accounting for 48.34% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Alamosa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Alamosa include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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

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