Mitchell, SD
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Mitchell is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 15,729 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mitchell is the sixth largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mitchell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mitchell is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mitchell who work in sales jobs (10.46%), food service (10.40%), and management occupations (10.14%).

One of the benefits of Mitchell is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.99 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.

In terms of college education, Mitchell is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.37% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mitchell in 2010 was $24,879, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,516 for a family of four. However, Mitchell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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