McAlester, OK
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McAlester is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 18,310 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, McAlester is the 26th largest community in Oklahoma.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, McAlester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, McAlester is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in McAlester who work in office and administrative support (13.55%), sales jobs (8.98%), and food service (8.70%).

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 16.06 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of McAlester citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.19% of adults 25 and older in McAlester have a college degree.

The per capita income in McAlester in 2010 was $20,906, which is upper middle income relative to Oklahoma, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,624 for a family of four. However, McAlester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in McAlester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.