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 (11.60%), sales jobs (10.80%), and food service (9.88%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lamar spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.77 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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

In Lamar, just 12.40% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lamar in 2010 was $18,214, which is low income relative to Colorado, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,856 for a family of four. However, Lamar contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Native 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 38.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lamar include Irish, English, Dutch, and French .

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

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