Junction City is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 24,621 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Junction City is the 17th largest community in Kansas. Junction City has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Junction City, where the median household income is $45,106.00.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Junction City, employing 9.28% 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 Healthcare industries employ 17.52% and 13.07% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
One of the benefits of Junction City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.35 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, Junction City is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.17% of adults 25 and older in Junction City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Junction City in 2010 was $21,987, which is middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,948 for a family of four. However, Junction City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Junction City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Junction City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Junction City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Junction City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Junction City include Irish, English, Swedish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Junction City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.