Pierre, SD
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Pierre is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 14,008 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Pierre is the eighth largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pierre is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pierre is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pierre who work in office and administrative support (17.50%), management occupations (9.56%), and sales jobs (9.15%).

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

One of the benefits of Pierre is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 10.98 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 Pierre, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Pierre is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The overall education level of Pierre citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.52% of adults in Pierre have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pierre in 2010 was $29,756, which is wealthy relative to South Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,024 for a family of four. However, Pierre contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pierre is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pierre home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pierre residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Pierre include Irish, Norwegian, English, and Swedish.

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


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