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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Crookston isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Crookston are a mix of both white- and blue-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%).

A relatively large number of people in Crookston telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.05% 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.

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.

Overall, Crookston’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Crookston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.61 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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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