St. Augustine, FL
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St. Augustine is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 14,128 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, St. Augustine is the 171st largest community in Florida. St. Augustine has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in St. Augustine are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.

St. Augustine is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, St. Augustine is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Augustine who work in food service (14.97%), office and administrative support (11.32%), and management occupations (10.32%).

Of important note, St. Augustine is also a city of artists. St. Augustine has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape St. Augustine’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.86% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

In addition, St. Augustine is a college town. There are a lot of students in St. Augustine attending college, and as a result St. Augustine provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

St. Augustine 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The population of St. Augustine is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.05% of adults in St. Augustine have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in St. Augustine in 2010 was $27,083, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,332 for a family of four. However, St. Augustine contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

St. Augustine is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call St. Augustine home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Augustine residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in St. Augustine include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in St. Augustine is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.