Moscow is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 25,702 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Moscow is the 12th largest community in Idaho.
Moscow is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Moscow is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Moscow who work in teaching (15.41%), office and administrative support (11.18%), and management occupations (9.34%).
Also of interest is that Moscow has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Moscow 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 Moscow 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. Moscow’s economy is one such example of this.
Moscow, 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 Moscow is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.42 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 Moscow. 55.81% 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 Moscow in 2018 was $24,041, which is upper middle income relative to Idaho, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,164 for a family of four. However, Moscow contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Moscow is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Moscow home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Moscow residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Moscow include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Moscow is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.