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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Fort Riley, employing 55.02% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Public Service and Accommodation industries employ 27.75% and 18.81% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 38.31% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Riley spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.63 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
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 10.56% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Riley in 2010 was $14,430, which is low income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,720 for a family of four.
Fort Riley is a very 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 15.52% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Riley include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Riley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.