Leicester is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 16,170 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 (11.10%), sales jobs (9.67%), and management occupations (8.89%).
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.
Even though Leicester is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Leicester is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.39% of adults 25 and older in Leicester have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Leicester in 2010 was $22,517, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,068 for a family of four. However, Leicester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 German, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Leicester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.