Austin, TX
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Austin is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 947,890 people and 202 constituent neighborhoods, Austin is the fourth largest community in Texas.

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

Austin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Austin is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Austin who work in management occupations (12.24%), office and administrative support (11.42%), and sales jobs (10.95%).

Also of interest is that Austin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.41% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Austin is having a public transportation system, but in Austin the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Austin benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

Austin is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.71% of adults in Austin have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Austin in 2010 was $35,672, which is wealthy relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,688 for a family of four. However, Austin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Austin is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Austin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Austin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Austin also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Austin include English, Irish, European, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Austin's cultural character, accounting for 18.16% of the city’s population.

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