Elko, NV
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Elko is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nevada. With a population of 20,279 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 construction workers and builders, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elko who work in office and administrative support (12.32%), sales jobs (8.76%), and food service (7.00%).

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Elko is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Elko area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Elko citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.10% of adults in Elko have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Elko in 2010 was $31,181, which is upper middle income relative to Nevada and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $124,724 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 30.43% 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 Chinese.