Lima, OH
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Lima is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 37,873 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Lima is the 31st largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lima is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lima is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lima who work in sales jobs (11.60%), food service (9.79%), and office and administrative support (9.49%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lima spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.12 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In Lima, just 11.32% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lima in 2010 was $15,836, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,344 for a family of four. Lima also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.43% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Lima is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lima home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lima residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lima include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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