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 91.57% 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 (17.37%), food service (12.14%), and office and administrative support (11.89%).

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.

Pullman is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Pullman have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Pullman’s economy is one such example of this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Pullman spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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. 65.04% 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 45.41% 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.