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.
St. Joseph is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of St. Joseph spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.37 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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.
The percentage of adults in St. Joseph who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.11% of the adults 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.