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, Alamosa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Alamosa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alamosa is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alamosa who work in office and administrative support (13.94%), teaching (11.35%), and food service (11.13%).

Alamosa is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Alamosa to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Alamosa spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of people in Alamosa who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.60% of adults in Alamosa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Alamosa in 2010 was $17,684, which is low income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,736 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 33.77% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Alamosa is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alamosa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alamosa residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Alamosa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 50.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Alamosa include Irish, English, Polish, and Dutch.

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

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