Pullman, WA
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Pullman is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 32,816 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Pullman is the 37th largest community in Washington.

Pullman is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pullman is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pullman who work in teaching (18.15%), food service (11.24%), and office and administrative support (10.55%).

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

In addition, Pullman is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Pullman culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Pullman really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Pullman every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Pullman. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Pullman benefits directly from this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.37 minutes getting to work every day.

A lot of people in Pullman take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Pullman, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pullman. 66.18% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pullman in 2010 was $17,651, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,604 for a family of four. However, Pullman contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Pullman also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Pullman is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pullman home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pullman residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pullman include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

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