Elko, NV
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Elko is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 20,341 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Elko is the tenth largest community in Nevada.

Elko is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Elko is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elko who work in office and administrative support (12.27%), sales jobs (9.41%), and management occupations (7.87%).

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Elko use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Elko‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of adults in Elko who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.86% of the adults in Elko have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elko in 2010 was $32,944, which is wealthy relative to Nevada, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,776 for a family of four. However, Elko contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elko is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elko home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elko residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Elko also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elko include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Elko is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.