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. Much of the housing stock in Atchison was built prior to World War II, 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, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atchison who work in office and administrative support (12.15%), teaching (9.83%), and management occupations (7.98%).
Atchison is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Atchison enrolled in college, Atchison has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Atchison spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.12 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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, 22.04% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Atchison in 2010 was $21,451, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,804 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 Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Atchison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Japanese.