Kirksville, MO
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Kirksville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 17,520 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Kirksville is the 41st largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, Kirksville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kirksville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kirksville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kirksville who work in office and administrative support (12.56%), sales jobs (11.38%), and food service (10.53%).

Kirksville is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Kirksville area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Kirksville maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Kirksville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.89 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Kirksville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.31% of adults in Kirksville have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Kirksville in 2010 was $17,058, which is lower middle income relative to Missouri, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $68,232 for a family of four. However, Kirksville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kirksville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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