Burlington, IA
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Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 25,022 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Burlington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.70%), sales jobs (8.50%), and food service (7.32%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Burlington spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.60 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Burlington citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.48% of adults 25 and older in Burlington have a college degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $26,287, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,148 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.