Grand Forks, ND
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Grand Forks is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Dakota. With a population of 57,011 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Forks is the third largest community in North Dakota.

Grand Forks is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.83%), sales jobs (9.89%), and teaching (9.37%).

Grand Forks is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Grand Forks have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Grand Forks’s economy is one such example of this.

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 13.96 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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: 34.93% of adults in Grand Forks have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Forks in 2010 was $26,968, 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 $107,872 for a family of four. However, Grand Forks contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Grand Forks include Norwegian, Irish, Polish, and Swedish.

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