Sikeston, MO
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Sikeston is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 16,436 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Sikeston is the 43rd largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sikeston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sikeston is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sikeston who work in office and administrative support (13.72%), healthcare (8.40%), and sales jobs (7.64%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Sikeston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.74 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Sikeston is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.20% of adults 25 and older in Sikeston have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sikeston in 2010 was $21,094, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,376 for a family of four. However, Sikeston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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