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.

Laramie is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

In addition, Laramie 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 Laramie culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Laramie really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Laramie 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 Laramie. 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. Laramie benefits directly from this.

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

One of the benefits of Laramie is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.56 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Laramie. 51.01% 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 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.