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.

Unlike some cities, Elko isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Elko are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (12.26%), sales jobs (8.06%), and food service (7.38%).

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 citizens of Elko are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.22% of adults in Elko having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elko in 2010 was $31,292, which is upper middle income relative to Nevada and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $125,168 for a family of four. However, Elko contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elko is a somewhat 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 29.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elko include English, Irish, Italian, and Basque.

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