Winona, MN
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Winona is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 27,094 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Winona is the 31st largest community in Minnesota. Winona has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Winona is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Winona is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Winona who work in office and administrative support (15.17%), sales jobs (11.60%), and food service (9.08%).

Also of interest is that Winona has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Winona is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Winona culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Winona really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Winona every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Winona. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Winona benefits directly from this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Winona spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.18 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Winona is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.55% of adults in Winona have a college degree.

The per capita income in Winona in 2010 was $22,389, 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 $89,556 for a family of four. However, Winona contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Winona home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Winona residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Winona include Norwegian, Irish, Polish, and English.

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