Arvada is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 120,492 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Arvada is the eighth largest community in Colorado.
Housing costs in Arvada are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Arvada is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Arvada is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Arvada who work in management occupations (13.28%), office and administrative support (11.83%), and sales jobs (10.56%).
Also of interest is that Arvada has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.73% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
The population of Arvada is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.54% of adults in Arvada have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Arvada in 2010 was $40,943, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,772 for a family of four. However, Arvada contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Arvada is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Arvada home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Arvada residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Arvada also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arvada include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Arvada is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.