Cortez, CO


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Cortez is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 8,715 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Cortez is the 57th largest community in Colorado.

Unlike some cities, Cortez isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Cortez are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cortez is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cortez who work in office and administrative support (12.22%), sales jobs (10.99%), and management occupations (9.60%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Cortez spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.37 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small city, Cortez does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Cortez are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.61% of adults in Cortez having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Cortez in 2010 was $21,572, which is lower middle income relative to Colorado, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,288 for a family of four. However, Cortez contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cortez is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cortez home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cortez residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Cortez also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cortez include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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

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