Elko, NV
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Elko is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 20,442 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Elko is the tenth largest community in Nevada.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Elko is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elko is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elko who work in office and administrative support (12.79%), sales jobs (9.82%), and management occupations (6.62%).

For the size of the city, public transportation in Elko is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Elko, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Elko are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.52% of adults in Elko having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elko in 2010 was $31,876, which is upper middle income relative to Nevada and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,504 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 Black or African-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 27.99% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elko include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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