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.
Unlike some cities, Commerce isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Commerce are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 teaching (15.29%), office and administrative support (14.20%), and sales jobs (9.66%).
Commerce is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Commerce to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
As is often the case in a small city, Commerce doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In terms of college education, Commerce is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.72% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Commerce in 2010 was $13,033, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $52,132 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 45.99% 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 14.56% 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.