Pocatello, ID
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Pocatello is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 54,427 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Pocatello is the fifth largest community in Idaho.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pocatello is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pocatello is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pocatello who work in office and administrative support (15.36%), sales jobs (9.67%), and teaching (8.86%).

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

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Pocatello spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.62 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Pocatello citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.24% of adults in Pocatello have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Pocatello in 2010 was $20,697, 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 $82,788 for a family of four. However, Pocatello contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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