Salina, KS
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Salina is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 47,813 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Salina is the tenth largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Salina is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Salina is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Salina who work in office and administrative support (12.01%), management occupations (9.76%), and sales jobs (9.45%).

One of the benefits of Salina is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.30 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 education level of Salina citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.10% of adults in Salina have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Salina in 2010 was $24,540, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,160 for a family of four. However, Salina contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Salina is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salina home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Salina residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Salina also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Salina include Irish, English, French , and Swedish.

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