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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bemidji is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bemidji is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bemidji who work in sales jobs (14.56%), office and administrative support (14.27%), and food service (7.72%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.17% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Bemidji to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
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 16.14 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Bemidji citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.34% of adults in Bemidji have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bemidji in 2010 was $18,543, 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 $74,172 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 Spanish.