East Prairie, MO
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East Prairie is a very small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 3,155 people and two constituent neighborhoods, East Prairie is the 187th largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, East Prairie isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East Prairie are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Prairie is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East Prairie who work in sales jobs (12.54%), office and administrative support (11.42%), and personal care services (10.03%).

One of the benefits of East Prairie is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.45 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.

Being a small city, East Prairie does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The population of East Prairie has a very low overall level of education: only 7.60% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in East Prairie in 2010 was $12,048, which is low income relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,192 for a family of four. East Prairie also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.41% of its population below the federal poverty line.

East Prairie is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Prairie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Prairie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in East Prairie include German, English, Dutch, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in East Prairie is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and Hebrew.

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