Arkansas City, KS
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Arkansas City is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 12,136 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Arkansas City is the 29th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Arkansas City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Arkansas City is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Arkansas City who work in office and administrative support (13.35%), sales jobs (9.91%), and teaching (6.82%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.85 minutes getting to work every day.

Being a small city, Arkansas City does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Arkansas City with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.65% of adults in Arkansas City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Arkansas City in 2010 was $17,953, which is low income relative to Kansas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,812 for a family of four.

Arkansas City is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Arkansas City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Arkansas City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Arkansas City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.67% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arkansas City include Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

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

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