Willmar, MN
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Willmar is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 19,638 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Willmar is the 56th largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities, Willmar isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Willmar are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Willmar is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Willmar who work in office and administrative support (12.06%), sales jobs (8.90%), and food service (7.10%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Willmar spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.76 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Willmar citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.97% of adults 25 and older in Willmar have a college degree.

The per capita income in Willmar in 2010 was $22,874, which is lower middle income relative to Minnesota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,496 for a family of four. However, Willmar contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Willmar is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Willmar home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Willmar residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Willmar also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Willmar include Norwegian, Swedish, Irish, and English.

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