Burlington, IA
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Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 25,410 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Burlington is the 19th largest community in Iowa. Burlington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Burlington is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Burlington is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Burlington who work in office and administrative support (13.15%), sales jobs (10.58%), and food service (7.89%).

One of the benefits of Burlington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.30 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.

In terms of college education, Burlington is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.48% of adults 25 and older in Burlington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $22,917, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,668 for a family of four. However, Burlington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Burlington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Burlington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burlington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Burlington include Irish, English, Swedish, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Burlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.