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.

Because Pullman has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Pullman lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Pullman is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Pullman people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

One of the benefits of Pullman is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.37 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.

Many people in Pullman take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Pullman citizens for affordable transportation.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Pullman, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Pullman is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 66.18% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.