Altus, OK
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Altus is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 19,214 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Altus is the 22nd largest community in Oklahoma.

Altus is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Altus is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Altus who work in office and administrative support (13.70%), food service (8.53%), and sales jobs (8.13%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Altus. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.96 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Altus who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.13% of the adults in Altus have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Altus in 2010 was $19,873, which is middle income relative to Oklahoma, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,492 for a family of four. However, Altus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Altus is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Altus home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Altus residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Altus also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Altus include German, English, African, and Italian.

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

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