Wahpeton is a somewhat small city located in the state of North Dakota. With a population of 7,830 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Wahpeton is the tenth largest community in North Dakota.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Wahpeton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.56% of the Wahpeton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Wahpeton is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wahpeton who work in office and administrative support (10.90%), management occupations (8.08%), and healthcare (7.31%).
In addition, Wahpeton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Wahpeton attending college, and as a result Wahpeton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Wahpeton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.40 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Wahpeton is a small city, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Wahpeton, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 82.12% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.
As is often the case in a small city, Wahpeton doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Wahpeton overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Wahpeton, 21.86% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wahpeton in 2010 was $25,355, which is lower middle income relative to North Dakota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,420 for a family of four. However, Wahpeton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Wahpeton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wahpeton residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Wahpeton include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Wahpeton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.