Houma, LA
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Houma is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 34,287 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Houma is the 11th largest community in Louisiana.

Houma real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Houma house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Houma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Houma is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houma who work in office and administrative support (13.43%), sales jobs (13.38%), and food service (7.94%).

Houma 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.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Houma rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.07% of adults 25 and older in Houma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Houma in 2010 was $23,882, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,528 for a family of four. However, Houma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Houma is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Houma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Houma residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Houma include German, French Canadian, Irish, and Italian.

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