Sauk Centre is a very small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 4,599 people and just one neighborhood, Sauk Centre is the 170th largest community in Minnesota.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sauk Centre is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sauk Centre is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sauk Centre who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (9.76%), and food service (9.67%).
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 18.09 minutes getting to work every day.
Being a small city, Sauk Centre does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The education level of Sauk Centre citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.20% of adults 25 and older in Sauk Centre have a college degree.
The per capita income in Sauk Centre in 2018 was $31,721, which is middle income relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,884 for a family of four. However, Sauk Centre contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Sauk Centre is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sauk Centre home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sauk Centre residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Sauk Centre include German, Norwegian, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Sauk Centre is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.
Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Sauk Centre, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute is an important factor for one's quality of life. The neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis. Residents of the neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 59.9% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.
This neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 44 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 90.3% of America.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more German and Norwegian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 49.4% of this neighborhood's residents have German ancestry and 11.1% have Norwegian ancestry.
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Sauk Centre are middle-income, making it a moderate income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 47.2% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 7.1% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 59.1% of America's neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the neighborhood, 32.1% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 28.5% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (20.7%), and 16.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 93.1% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.
In the neighborhood in Sauk Centre, MN, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (49.4%). There are also a number of people of Norwegian ancestry (11.1%), and residents who report Irish roots (7.9%), and some of the residents are also of Mexican ancestry (5.1%), along with some Polish ancestry residents (4.4%), among others.
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (59.9% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.
Here most residents (76.9%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also hop out the door and walk to work to get to work (8.4%) and 6.1% of residents also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.