Moscow, ID
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Moscow is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 25,060 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Moscow is the 12th largest community in Idaho.

Moscow is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Moscow is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Moscow who work in teaching (14.25%), office and administrative support (12.06%), and sales jobs (9.71%).

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

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

Moscow is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Moscow have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Moscow’s economy is one such example of this.

One of the benefits of Moscow is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.34 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Moscow is a pretty powerful place. 57.21% of the adults in Moscow have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Moscow in 2010 was $19,962, which is upper middle income relative to Idaho, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,848 for a family of four. However, Moscow contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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