Dallas, TX
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Dallas is a very large city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 1,345,047 people and 294 constituent neighborhoods, Dallas is the third largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dallas is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dallas is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dallas who work in sales jobs (10.94%), office and administrative support (10.85%), and management occupations (9.37%).

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

Dallas is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Dallas. This makes Dallas a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Dallas presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Dallas is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.30% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Dallas. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Dallas landscape.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Dallas is having a public transportation system, but in Dallas 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 Dallas benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The overall education level of Dallas citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.32% of adults in Dallas have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Dallas in 2010 was $32,804, which is wealthy relative to Texas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,216 for a family of four. However, Dallas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dallas is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dallas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Dallas, accounting for 41.73% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Dallas residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dallas include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Dallas's cultural character, accounting for 24.56% of the city’s population.

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