Ellensburg, WA
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Ellensburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 19,001 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ellensburg is the 56th largest community in Washington.

Ellensburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ellensburg is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ellensburg who work in office and administrative support (13.73%), food service (12.07%), and sales jobs (9.73%).

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

Ellensburg 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 Ellensburg area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Ellensburg maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.95 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Ellensburg are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.56% of adults in Ellensburg have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ellensburg in 2010 was $18,004, which is low income relative to Washington, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,016 for a family of four. However, Ellensburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Ellensburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.53% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ellensburg is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ellensburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ellensburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Ellensburg also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ellensburg include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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

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