Butte, MT
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Living in Butte


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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Butte is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).

One of the benefits of Butte is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.68 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 Butte 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 Butte citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of people in Butte who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.04% of adults in Butte 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.