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.

Oberlin is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.66%), management occupations (13.10%), and teaching (9.85%).

The overall crime rate in Oberlin is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Oberlin has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Oberlin a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oberlin spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.09 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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

The overall education level of Oberlin is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.10% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oberlin in 2010 was $26,450, which is wealthy relative to Kansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,800 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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