Butte, MT
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Butte is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 33,853 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Butte is the fifth largest community in Montana. Butte has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Butte isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Butte are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Butte is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Butte who work in office and administrative support (11.29%), management occupations (10.05%), and sales jobs (9.38%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Butte spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Butte has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Butte has quite a high level of public transit users. Butte’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The overall education level of Butte is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.04% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Butte in 2010 was $25,669, which is upper middle income relative to Montana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,676 for a family of four. However, Butte contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Butte home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Butte residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Butte include German, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Butte is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.