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, 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 (12.32%), sales jobs (8.76%), and food service (7.00%).

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 population of Elko 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 Elko, 21.10% 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.