Laramie, WY
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Living in Laramie


Laramie is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wyoming. With a population of 32,473 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 (14.28%), office and administrative support (10.44%), and sales jobs (8.73%).

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.

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 12.68 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Laramie. 51.02% 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 $24,284, 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 $97,136 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 10.55% 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.