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 48.93% 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 construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Liberal who work in office and administrative support (9.87%), sales jobs (8.20%), and management occupations (5.12%).
One of the benefits of Liberal is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.85 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.
The rate of college-level education in Liberal is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.54% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Liberal in 2010 was $20,077, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,308 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 59.08% 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 .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Liberal's cultural character, accounting for 30.76% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Liberal is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Vietnamese.