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 (12.33%), sales jobs (9.24%), and food service (9.24%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Altus, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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 13.57 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Altus citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.93% of adults 25 and older in Altus have a college degree.

The per capita income in Altus in 2010 was $20,173, which is upper middle income relative to Oklahoma, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,692 for a family of four. However, Altus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Altus is a very 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 24.47% 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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