Branson, MO
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Branson is a somewhat small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 11,431 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Branson is the 75th largest community in Missouri.

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

Branson is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Branson is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Branson who work in food service (26.70%), sales jobs (17.58%), and office and administrative support (13.37%).

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

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

Another notable thing is that Branson is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Branson’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Branson spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.40 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Branson overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Branson, 22.88% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Branson in 2010 was $22,196, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,784 for a family of four. However, Branson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Branson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Branson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Branson include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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