Colby, KS
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Colby is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 5,417 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Colby is the 60th largest community in Kansas.

Colby is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Colby is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Colby who work in office and administrative support (13.40%), sales jobs (11.13%), and maintenance occupations (8.12%).

Colby is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Colby enrolled in college, Colby 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 Colby spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 10.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Colby is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.23% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Colby in 2010 was $24,232, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,928 for a family of four. However, Colby contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Colby home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Colby residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Colby include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Colby is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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