St. Joseph, MO
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St. Joseph is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 76,472 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, St. Joseph is the eighth largest community in Missouri. Much of the housing stock in St. Joseph was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, St. Joseph isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in St. Joseph are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, St. Joseph is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Joseph who work in office and administrative support (13.34%), sales jobs (10.55%), and food service (7.64%).

One of the benefits of St. Joseph is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.37 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in St. Joseph is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For St. Joseph, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, St. Joseph is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.11% of adults 25 and older in St. Joseph have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in St. Joseph in 2010 was $22,430, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,720 for a family of four. However, St. Joseph contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in St. Joseph is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.