Garden City is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 27,005 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Garden City is the 15th largest community in Kansas.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Garden City is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.49% of the Garden City workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Garden City is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Garden City who work in office and administrative support (12.79%), sales jobs (7.90%), and management occupations (6.50%).
One of the benefits of Garden City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.68 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In terms of college education, Garden City is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.76% of adults 25 and older in Garden City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Garden City in 2010 was $21,440, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,760 for a family of four. However, Garden City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Garden City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Garden City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Garden City, accounting for 50.49% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Garden City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Garden City include Irish, English, Italian, and Somalian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Garden City's cultural character, accounting for 22.98% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Garden City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.