Chetek, WI
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Chetek is a very small city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 2,191 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chetek is the 237th largest community in Wisconsin.

When you are in Chetek, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 41.17% of Chetek’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Chetek is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chetek who work in sales jobs (11.17%), office and administrative support (10.21%), and personal care services (5.64%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.34% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Chetek has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Chetek has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Chetek than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Chetek may be for you.

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 19.22 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, Chetek doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Chetek are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.78% of adults in Chetek have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Chetek in 2010 was $18,879, which is low income relative to Wisconsin, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,516 for a family of four.

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

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

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