Liberal, KS
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Liberal is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 20,746 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Liberal is the 20th largest community in Kansas.

Liberal is a blue-collar town, with 48.90% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Liberal is a city of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Liberal who work in office and administrative support (11.62%), sales jobs (7.05%), and management occupations (4.95%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Liberal spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.55 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The rate of college-level education in Liberal is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.41% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Liberal in 2010 was $19,531, 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 $78,124 for a family of four. However, Liberal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Liberal is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Liberal 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 Liberal, accounting for 59.00% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Liberal residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Liberal include Irish, English, Somalian, and French .

In addition, Liberal has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.32%).

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

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