Oberlin, KS
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Oberlin is a very small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 1,761 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Oberlin is the 136th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Oberlin is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oberlin is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Oberlin who work in office and administrative support (12.78%), management occupations (11.60%), and food service (8.99%).

Oberlin’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Oberlin has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Oberlin has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Oberlin than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Oberlin may be for you.

One of the benefits of Oberlin is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.03 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.

As is often the case in a small city, Oberlin doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Oberlin overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Oberlin, 21.22% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oberlin in 2010 was $26,312, which is wealthy relative to Kansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,248 for a family of four. However, Oberlin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Oberlin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oberlin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oberlin include English, Irish, Czech, and Swedish.

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

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