Atchison is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 10,636 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Atchison is the 33rd largest community in Kansas. Atchison has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Atchison is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Atchison is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atchison who work in office and administrative support (13.89%), sales jobs (10.25%), and teaching (9.84%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Atchison, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Atchison provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
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 18.27 minutes getting to work every day.
As is often the case in a small city, Atchison doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Atchison citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.75% of adults in Atchison have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Atchison in 2010 was $24,492, which is middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,968 for a family of four. However, Atchison contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Atchison is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Atchison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atchison residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Atchison include German, Irish, English, French, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Atchison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and French.