Butte, MT
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Butte is a medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 33,922 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.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Butte who work in office and administrative support (11.84%), sales jobs (10.95%), and management occupations (8.53%).

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

The population of Butte 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 Butte, 23.63% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Butte in 2010 was $23,848, 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 $95,392 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, Italian, and Norwegian.

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