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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, The Dalles is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (13.12%), sales jobs (10.87%), and food service (7.52%).

One of the benefits of The Dalles is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.93 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 education level of The Dalles citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.26% of adults 25 and older in The Dalles have a college degree.

The per capita income in The Dalles in 2010 was $21,375, 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 $85,500 for a family of four. However, The Dalles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The Dalles is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 18.85% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in The Dalles include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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