Burlington, NC
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Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 52,472 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Burlington is the 17th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Burlington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Burlington is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Burlington who work in office and administrative support (12.25%), sales jobs (11.49%), and food service (8.57%).

The population of Burlington overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Burlington, 23.14% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $22,576, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,304 for a family of four. However, Burlington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Burlington is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Burlington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burlington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Burlington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Burlington include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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