Florence, OR
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Florence is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 8,649 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Florence is the 60th largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities, Florence isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Florence are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Florence is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Florence who work in sales jobs (14.22%), food service (10.36%), and office and administrative support (9.90%).

A relatively large number of people in Florence telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.95% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Florence is worth considering.

Florence is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Florence spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.64 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Florence 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 Florence, 24.62% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Florence in 2010 was $24,139, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,556 for a family of four. However, Florence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Florence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Florence residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Florence include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Florence is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).

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