Crookston, MN


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Crookston is a somewhat small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 7,787 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Crookston is the 111th largest community in Minnesota. Crookston has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Crookston is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Crookston is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Crookston who work in office and administrative support (13.93%), sales jobs (12.17%), and management occupations (10.75%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.05% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Crookston is a college town. There are a lot of students in Crookston attending college, and as a result Crookston provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Crookston’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

One of the benefits of Crookston is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.61 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 citizens of Crookston are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.90% of adults in Crookston having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Crookston in 2010 was $24,995, which is middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,980 for a family of four. However, Crookston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Crookston is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Crookston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Crookston residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Crookston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Crookston include Norwegian, Irish, French , and Swedish.

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

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