Leicester is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 16,082 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Leicester is the 61st largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Leicester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Leicester is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Leicester who work in office and administrative support (10.61%), sales jobs (9.90%), and management occupations (9.65%).
A relatively large number of people in Leicester telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.79% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Leicester is worth considering.
The education level of Leicester citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.42% of adults 25 and older in Leicester have a college degree.
The per capita income in Leicester in 2010 was $23,750, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,000 for a family of four. However, Leicester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Leicester is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Leicester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Leicester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Leicester include Irish, German, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Leicester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.