Poteau, OK
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Poteau is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 8,732 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Poteau is the 49th largest community in Oklahoma.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Poteau is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Poteau is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Poteau who work in office and administrative support (16.69%), teaching (8.09%), and food service (7.71%).

Poteau is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of adults in Poteau who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.31% of the adults in Poteau have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poteau in 2010 was $18,467, which is middle income relative to Oklahoma, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,868 for a family of four. However, Poteau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poteau is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Poteau home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Poteau residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Poteau also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poteau include German, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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

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