West Columbia, TX
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West Columbia is a very small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 3,935 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Columbia is the 419th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Columbia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Columbia who work in management occupations (15.02%), office and administrative support (10.71%), and sales jobs (10.30%).

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

A relatively large number of people in West Columbia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.22% 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.

Being a small city, West Columbia does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of people in West Columbia with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.28% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in West Columbia in 2010 was $19,626, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,504 for a family of four. However, West Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Columbia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Columbia include Irish, English, Czech, and French .

The most common language spoken in West Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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