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 34,284 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Butte is the fifth largest community in Montana. Butte has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 (8.94%), and sales jobs (8.03%).

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 16.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Butte is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.51% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Butte in 2010 was $26,257, which is middle income relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,028 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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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