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.

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 (13.67%), office and administrative support (11.72%), and sales jobs (8.22%).

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.

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 12.69 minutes getting to work every day.

Laramie has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Laramie has quite a high level of public transit users. Laramie’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Laramie ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Laramie, 49.50% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Laramie in 2010 was $22,404, which is low income relative to Wyoming, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,616 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 10.28% of the city’s residents. 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 Arabic.