Cullowhee, NC
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Cullowhee is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 6,343 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Cullowhee is the 124th largest community in North Carolina.

Cullowhee is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cullowhee is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cullowhee who work in sales jobs (15.69%), food service (14.05%), and office and administrative support (12.62%).

Cullowhee is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Cullowhee to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.38 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Cullowhee are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.25% of adults in Cullowhee have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Cullowhee in 2010 was $7,529, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $30,116 for a family of four. Cullowhee also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 51.27% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Cullowhee is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cullowhee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cullowhee residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Cullowhee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.50% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cullowhee include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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

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