Fort Riley, KS


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Fort Riley is a somewhat small town located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 7,856 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Fort Riley is the 44th largest community in Kansas.

50.81% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Fort Riley. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Accommodation industries respectively employ 27.18% and 22.39% of the civilian workforce.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 32.36% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.71 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of people in Fort Riley with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.98% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Riley in 2010 was $16,024, which is low income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,096 for a family of four.

Fort Riley is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fort Riley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Riley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Riley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.64% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Riley include Irish, English, Dutch, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Fort Riley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.

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