Pocatello, ID
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Pocatello is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 54,746 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 (15.45%), sales jobs (10.63%), and teaching (8.57%).

Pocatello is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Pocatello enrolled in college, Pocatello has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

One of the benefits of Pocatello is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.60 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.

Many people in Pocatello take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Pocatello citizens for affordable transportation.

The education level of Pocatello citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.93% of adults in Pocatello have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Pocatello in 2010 was $22,192, which is upper middle income relative to Idaho, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,768 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 Scottish.

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