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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Poteau who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (7.80%), and healthcare suport services (6.34%).

The percentage of adults in Poteau who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.82% of the adults in Poteau have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poteau in 2010 was $19,407, 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 $77,628 for a family of four. However, Poteau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poteau is an extremely 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 14.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poteau include German, English, Italian, and French .

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

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