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. Dunkirk has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Dunkirk isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Dunkirk are a mix 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 (11.35%), and management occupations (6.39%).

One of the benefits of Dunkirk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.41 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.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Dunkirk rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.45% of adults 25 and older in Dunkirk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Dunkirk in 2010 was $20,168, 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 $80,672 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 26.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dunkirk include Italian, German, Irish, and English.

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