Brattleboro, VT
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Brattleboro is a somewhat small town located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 11,679 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Brattleboro is the seventh largest community in Vermont. Brattleboro has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brattleboro is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brattleboro is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brattleboro who work in management occupations (13.41%), sales jobs (10.46%), and teaching (9.62%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.43% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Brattleboro is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.53 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Brattleboro citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.78% of adults in Brattleboro have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brattleboro in 2010 was $26,930, which is middle income relative to Vermont, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,720 for a family of four. However, Brattleboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Brattleboro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brattleboro residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brattleboro include Irish, German, French , and Polish.

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