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. Much of the housing stock in Butte was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Butte is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

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.