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%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Wahpeton, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Wahpeton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the benefits of Wahpeton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.40 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.
Wahpeton is a very car-oriented city. 82.12% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Wahpeton is a small city , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Wahpeton has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Wahpeton is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
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.