Los Alamos, NM
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Los Alamos is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 11,840 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Los Alamos is the 18th largest community in New Mexico.

Los Alamos home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Mexico, but Los Alamos real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Los Alamos is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Los Alamos is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Alamos who work in the sciences (21.47%), management occupations (17.82%), and office and administrative support (8.64%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Los Alamos has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Los Alamos has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Los Alamos is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Los Alamos’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 16.52 minutes getting to work every day.

In Los Alamos, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Los Alamos is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Los Alamos is a pretty powerful place. 66.36% of the adults in Los Alamos have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Los Alamos in 2010 was $52,067, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,268 for a family of four.

Los Alamos is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Los Alamos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Los Alamos residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Los Alamos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.60% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Los Alamos include English, Irish, Scottish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Los Alamos is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.

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