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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ellensburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ellensburg is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ellensburg who work in food service (12.53%), office and administrative support (12.27%), and sales jobs (8.82%).

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.

One of the benefits of Ellensburg is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.29 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.

The population of Ellensburg is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.79% of adults in Ellensburg have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ellensburg in 2010 was $16,942, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,768 for a family of four. Ellensburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.77% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ellensburg is a somewhat 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 10.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ellensburg include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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

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