St. Augustine, FL

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Living in St. Augustine

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 15,415 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, St. Augustine is the 171st largest community in Florida. Much of the housing stock in St. Augustine was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

St. Augustine is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, St. Augustine is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Augustine who work in food service (15.32%), sales jobs (12.34%), and office and administrative support (11.21%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.02% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in St. Augustine, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, St. Augustine provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of St. Augustine ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in St. Augustine, 40.38% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in St. Augustine in 2018 was $34,086, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,344 for a family of four. However, St. Augustine contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

St. Augustine is a very 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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