Carbondale, CO
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Carbondale is a somewhat small town located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 6,670 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Carbondale is the 68th largest community in Colorado.

Carbondale home prices are not only among the most expensive in Colorado, but Carbondale real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns, Carbondale isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carbondale are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carbondale is a town of service providers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carbondale who work in management occupations (13.74%), maintenance occupations (10.41%), and sales jobs (8.91%).

Also of interest is that Carbondale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Carbondale telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.77% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Despite being a small town, Carbondale has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Carbondale ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Carbondale, 42.70% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Carbondale in 2010 was $26,119, which is middle income relative to Colorado, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,476 for a family of four. However, Carbondale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carbondale is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Carbondale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carbondale residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Carbondale also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 37.22% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carbondale include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Carbondale's cultural character, accounting for 21.33% of the town’s population.

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

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