Atchison is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 10,712 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.
Atchison is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Atchison is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atchison who work in office and administrative support (13.52%), teaching (10.45%), and sales jobs (8.72%).
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.
The population of Atchison overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Atchison, 22.82% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Atchison in 2010 was $20,147, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,588 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 Irish, English, French , and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Atchison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.