The Dalles, OR
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The Dalles is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 15,340 people and six constituent neighborhoods, The Dalles is the 39th largest community in Oregon.

The Dalles is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, The Dalles is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in The Dalles who work in office and administrative support (12.16%), sales jobs (10.07%), and food service (7.92%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of The Dalles spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.21 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in The Dalles who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.52% of the adults in The Dalles have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in The Dalles in 2010 was $20,895, which is middle income relative to Oregon, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,580 for a family of four. However, The Dalles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call The Dalles home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of The Dalles residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. The Dalles also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in The Dalles include English, Irish, Swedish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in The Dalles is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.