Steamboat Springs, CO
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Steamboat Springs is a somewhat small city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 12,435 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Steamboat Springs is the 40th largest community in Colorado.

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

Steamboat Springs is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Steamboat Springs is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Steamboat Springs who work in office and administrative support (11.99%), sales jobs (11.96%), and management occupations (10.43%).

A relatively large number of people in Steamboat Springs telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.08% 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.

Another notable thing is that Steamboat Springs is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.

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 13.17 minutes getting to work every day.

Even though Steamboat Springs is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Steamboat Springs. 53.36% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Steamboat Springs in 2010 was $36,767, which is wealthy relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,068 for a family of four. However, Steamboat Springs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Steamboat Springs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Steamboat Springs residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Steamboat Springs include English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Steamboat Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.

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