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 57,339 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Forks is the third largest community in North Dakota.

Unlike some cities, Grand Forks isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Grand Forks are a mix 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%).

Grand Forks is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Grand Forks enrolled in college, Grand Forks has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.01 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Grand Forks are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.