Emporia, KS
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Emporia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 24,649 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Emporia is the 16th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities, Emporia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Emporia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Emporia is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Emporia who work in office and administrative support (11.82%), sales jobs (9.64%), and teaching (8.17%).

In addition, Emporia is a college town. There are a lot of students in Emporia attending college, and as a result Emporia provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

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 14.78 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Emporia is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.08% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Emporia in 2010 was $19,155, 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 $76,620 for a family of four. However, Emporia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Emporia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Emporia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Emporia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Emporia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.42% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Emporia include Irish, English, European, and French .

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

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