Laramie, WY
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Laramie is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wyoming. With a population of 32,158 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Laramie is the third largest community in Wyoming.

Laramie is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Laramie is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laramie who work in teaching (15.96%), office and administrative support (13.98%), and management occupations (7.90%).

Laramie 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 Laramie 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. Laramie’s economy is one such example of this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Laramie spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Laramie, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Laramie is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.42% 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 Laramie in 2010 was $22,097, which is low income relative to Wyoming, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,388 for a family of four. However, Laramie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Laramie also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.78% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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