Clemson, SC
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Clemson is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 15,398 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clemson is the 30th largest community in South Carolina.

Clemson real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Clemson house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Clemson is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.55% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clemson is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clemson who work in teaching (24.29%), office and administrative support (11.88%), and sales jobs (10.83%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Clemson 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 Clemson has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Clemson is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Clemson to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Clemson spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.15 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Clemson, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Clemson. 62.25% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Clemson in 2010 was $22,378, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,512 for a family of four. However, Clemson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Clemson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.81% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Clemson is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clemson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clemson residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Clemson include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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