Bemidji, MN
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Bemidji is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 14,594 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bemidji is the 76th largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities, Bemidji isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bemidji are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bemidji is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bemidji who work in sales jobs (15.86%), office and administrative support (11.18%), and food service (9.20%).

A relatively large number of people in Bemidji telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.21% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Bemidji is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Bemidji area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Bemidji maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.48 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Bemidji citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.78% of adults in Bemidji have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bemidji in 2010 was $20,267, which is low income relative to Minnesota, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,068 for a family of four.

Bemidji is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bemidji home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bemidji residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Bemidji include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Bemidji is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and German.