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. Much of the housing stock in Winona was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Winona isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Winona are a mix 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.

One of the benefits of Winona is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.18 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 overall education level of Winona citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.55% of adults in Winona have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

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.