Laramie, WY
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Laramie is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wyoming. With a population of 32,306 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Laramie is the third largest community in Wyoming.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Laramie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Laramie is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Laramie who work in teaching (14.14%), office and administrative support (11.65%), and sales jobs (8.24%).

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

Because Laramie 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 Laramie lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Laramie 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 Laramie people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Laramie, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 12.56 minutes getting to work every day.

If knowledge is power, Laramie is a pretty powerful place. 51.01% of the adults in Laramie have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Laramie in 2010 was $23,887, which is lower middle income relative to Wyoming, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,548 for a family of four. However, Laramie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Laramie is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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. Laramie also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Laramie include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

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