West Plains, MO
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West Plains is a somewhat small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 12,285 people and five constituent neighborhoods, West Plains is the 61st largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, West Plains isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in West Plains are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Plains is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Plains who work in office and administrative support (14.03%), sales jobs (11.89%), and personal care services (7.61%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of West Plains spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.85 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of West Plains are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.82% of adults in West Plains have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in West Plains in 2010 was $19,129, which is middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,516 for a family of four. However, West Plains contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in West Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.

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