Tahlequah, OK
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Tahlequah is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 16,598 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Tahlequah is the 33rd largest community in Oklahoma.

Unlike some cities, Tahlequah isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Tahlequah are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tahlequah is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tahlequah who work in office and administrative support (15.47%), sales jobs (13.91%), and teaching (9.39%).

In addition, Tahlequah is a college town. There are a lot of students in Tahlequah attending college, and as a result Tahlequah provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

One of the benefits of Tahlequah is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.37 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.

The overall education level of Tahlequah citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.63% of adults in Tahlequah have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Tahlequah in 2010 was $17,727, which is lower middle income relative to Oklahoma, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $70,908 for a family of four. However, Tahlequah contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Tahlequah also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.20% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Tahlequah is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tahlequah home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tahlequah residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Tahlequah also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tahlequah include Irish, English, Scottish, and European.

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