Laramie, WY
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Laramie is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wyoming. With a population of 32,382 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 (15.14%), office and administrative support (12.54%), and sales jobs (8.58%).

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.

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 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 51.95% 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 $22,165, 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.