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Stamford is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 128,874 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Stamford is the fourth largest community in Connecticut.

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

Stamford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.37% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Stamford is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stamford who work in office and administrative support (11.81%), management occupations (11.15%), and sales jobs (10.61%).

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

Stamford is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Stamford is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Stamford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Stamford are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.05% of adults in Stamford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Stamford in 2010 was $47,819, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,276 for a family of four. However, Stamford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Stamford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Stamford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stamford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Stamford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.85% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stamford include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Stamford's cultural character, accounting for 33.25% of the city’s population.

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