Commerce is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 8,892 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Commerce is the 255th largest community in Texas.
Commerce is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Commerce is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Commerce who work in office and administrative support (17.41%), teaching (13.56%), and food service (8.14%).
Of important note, Commerce is also a city of artists. Commerce has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Commerce’s character.
Commerce 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 Commerce 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.
The overall education level of Commerce is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.17% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Commerce in 2010 was $12,981, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $51,924 for a family of four. However, Commerce contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Commerce also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.04% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Commerce is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Commerce home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Commerce residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Commerce also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.51% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Commerce include German, English, Scottish, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Commerce is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.