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 57,056 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 (13.88%), sales jobs (11.23%), and teaching (8.18%).

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.

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Grand Forks is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Grand Forks a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Grand Forks is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.01 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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: 35.97% 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.