Townsend, TN
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Townsend is a tiny city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 452 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Townsend is the 364th largest community in Tennessee.

Townsend is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Townsend is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Townsend who work in sales jobs (24.23%), maintenance occupations (12.37%), and office and administrative support (10.82%).

Of important note, Townsend is also a city of artists. Townsend has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Townsend’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Townsend telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.45% 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.

Another notable thing is that Townsend is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Townsend has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Townsend a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

As is often the case in a small city, Townsend doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Townsend who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.29% of the adults in Townsend have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Townsend in 2010 was $27,961, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,844 for a family of four. However, Townsend contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Townsend is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and African languages.

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