Grand Forks, ND
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Living in Grand Forks


Grand Forks is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Dakota. With a population of 57,339 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Forks is the third largest community in North Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grand Forks is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grand Forks is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Forks who work in office and administrative support (13.49%), sales jobs (11.53%), and teaching (8.70%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Grand Forks, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Grand Forks provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Grand Forks spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.01 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Grand Forks is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Grand Forks area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Grand Forks is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.04% of adults in Grand Forks have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Forks in 2010 was $28,513, which is middle income relative to North Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $114,052 for a family of four. However, Grand Forks contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Grand Forks is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Grand Forks home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Forks residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Grand Forks include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Grand Forks is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.