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 89.71% 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 (23.76%), office and administrative support (11.37%), and sales jobs (10.55%).

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 small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Clemson area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Clemson maintain a good economy.

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 18.35 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Clemson has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Clemson, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Clemson is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.41% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Clemson in 2010 was $22,689, 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 $90,756 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 37.22% 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, Scottish, and Italian.

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