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 56,948 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 (13.88%), sales jobs (11.23%), and teaching (8.18%).

In addition, Grand Forks is a college town. There are a lot of students in Grand Forks attending college, and as a result Grand Forks provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Not only is Grand Forks a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

The education level of Grand Forks citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.97% of adults in Grand Forks have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Forks in 2010 was $29,680, 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 $118,720 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 German, Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and Polish.

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