Buras, LA
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Buras is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 962 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Buras is the 225th largest community in Louisiana. Buras has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Buras, where the median household income is $45,833.00.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Buras is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.70% of the Buras workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Buras is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Buras who work in farm management occupations (13.15%), sales jobs (11.17%), and office and administrative support (10.42%).

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

Buras’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Buras has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Buras a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Buras 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.

One of the benefits of Buras is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.01 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.

Being a small town, Buras does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Buras with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.95% of adults in Buras have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Buras in 2010 was $25,049, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,196 for a family of four. However, Buras contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Buras is English. Other important languages spoken here include Mon-Khmer (Cambodian) and Vietnamese.

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