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, Burlington isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Burlington are a mix 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 (13.06%), sales jobs (12.98%), and food service (8.47%).

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, 22.20% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $23,388, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,552 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 12.98% 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.