Monmouth, OR
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Monmouth is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 10,032 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Monmouth is the 52nd largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Monmouth is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Monmouth is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Monmouth who work in office and administrative support (20.27%), sales jobs (17.07%), and personal care services (6.39%).

Also of interest is that Monmouth has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Monmouth is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Monmouth to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

The overall education level of Monmouth citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.97% of adults in Monmouth have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Monmouth in 2010 was $16,702, which is low income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,808 for a family of four. However, Monmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Monmouth also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.35% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Monmouth is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Monmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Monmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Monmouth also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monmouth include German, Irish, European, and Scottish.

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

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