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

Winona is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Winona is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Winona have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Winona’s economy is one such example of 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.