Vermillion, SD
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Vermillion is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 10,738 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Vermillion is the tenth largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Vermillion is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Vermillion is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vermillion who work in teaching (14.73%), sales jobs (13.09%), and office and administrative support (12.86%).

Of important note, Vermillion is also a city of artists. Vermillion has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Vermillion’s character.

Vermillion is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Vermillion area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Vermillion maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Vermillion spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.72 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Vermillion is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Vermillion is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.25% of adults in Vermillion have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Vermillion in 2010 was $17,454, which is low income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,816 for a family of four. However, Vermillion contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Vermillion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.00% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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