Dunkirk is a somewhat small city located in the state of New York. With a population of 11,799 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Dunkirk is the 151st largest community in New York. Dunkirk has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dunkirk who work in office and administrative support (10.89%), sales jobs (10.19%), and teaching (6.60%).
One of the benefits of Dunkirk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.96 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The percentage of adults in Dunkirk with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.17% of adults in Dunkirk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Dunkirk in 2010 was $21,410, 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 $85,640 for a family of four. However, Dunkirk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Dunkirk is an extremely 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 30.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dunkirk include Polish, German, Italian, Irish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Dunkirk is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.