Lamar, CO
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Lamar is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 7,555 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Lamar is the 58th largest community in Colorado.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lamar is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lamar is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lamar who work in office and administrative support (13.85%), sales jobs (11.95%), and food service (10.25%).

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 12.94 minutes getting to work every day.

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

The percentage of people in Lamar with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.87% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lamar in 2010 was $19,657, which is lower middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,628 for a family of four. However, Lamar contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lamar is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lamar home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lamar residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lamar also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.09% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lamar include Irish, English, French , and Dutch.

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

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