Saint Bernard, LA
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Saint Bernard is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 8,000 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Saint Bernard is the 77th largest community in Louisiana.

When you are in Saint Bernard, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.79% of Saint Bernard’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Saint Bernard is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Saint Bernard who work in office and administrative support (13.82%), maintenance occupations (9.05%), and sales jobs (7.83%).

The town 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, Saint Bernard has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Saint Bernard a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Saint Bernard is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Saint Bernard is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Saint Bernard, the average commute to work is 32.78 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For a small town, Saint Bernard has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Saint Bernard exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The citizens of Saint Bernard have a very low rate of college education: just 7.43% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Saint Bernard in 2010 was $18,901, which is middle income relative to Louisiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,604 for a family of four. However, Saint Bernard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Saint Bernard is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Saint Bernard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Saint Bernard residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Saint Bernard include German, Italian, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Saint Bernard is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.


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