Dunkirk, NY
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Dunkirk is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 12,081 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Dunkirk is the 151st largest community in New York. Much of the housing stock in Dunkirk was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dunkirk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dunkirk is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dunkirk who work in office and administrative support (11.98%), sales jobs (10.32%), and teaching (7.35%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.08 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Dunkirk are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.83% of adults in Dunkirk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Dunkirk in 2010 was $20,385, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,540 for a family of four. However, Dunkirk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dunkirk is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dunkirk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dunkirk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Dunkirk also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dunkirk include German, Italian, Irish, and English.

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