Burlington, IA
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Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 24,838 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Burlington is the 19th largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Burlington was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Burlington isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Burlington are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (11.94%), sales jobs (8.29%), and food service (7.47%).

The overall crime rate in Burlington is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

One of the benefits of Burlington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.99 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.

The percentage of adults in Burlington who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.69% of the adults in Burlington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $26,634, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,536 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 German, Irish, English, Swedish, and French.

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