Van Buren, AR
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Van Buren is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 23,081 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Van Buren is the 22nd largest community in Arkansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Van Buren is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Van Buren is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Van Buren who work in office and administrative support (13.59%), sales jobs (12.99%), and teaching (8.66%).

The education level of Van Buren citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.43% of adults 25 and older in Van Buren have a college degree.

The per capita income in Van Buren in 2010 was $20,232, which is upper middle income relative to Arkansas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,928 for a family of four. However, Van Buren contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Van Buren is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Van Buren home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Van Buren residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Van Buren also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Van Buren include Irish, German, Scottish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Van Buren is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Laotian.