Aberdeen, SD
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Aberdeen is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 28,102 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Aberdeen is the third largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Aberdeen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Aberdeen is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Aberdeen who work in office and administrative support (13.38%), sales jobs (9.98%), and management occupations (7.85%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Aberdeen spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.54 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of people in Aberdeen who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.53% of adults in Aberdeen have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Aberdeen in 2010 was $25,468, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,872 for a family of four. However, Aberdeen contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Aberdeen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Aberdeen residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Aberdeen include Norwegian, Irish, Russian, and English.

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