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.

West Plains is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Plains is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Plains who work in sales jobs (14.20%), office and administrative support (11.32%), and healthcare (7.80%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.81 minutes getting to work every day.

West Plains is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

In terms of college education, the citizens of West Plains rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.34% of adults 25 and older in West Plains have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in West Plains in 2010 was $19,439, 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 $77,756 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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