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 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 (15.14%), office and administrative support (12.54%), and sales jobs (8.58%).

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.

One of the benefits of Laramie is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.60 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. 51.95% 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 $22,165, which is low income relative to Wyoming, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,660 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 30.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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. Important ancestries of people in Laramie include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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