Oshkosh, WI
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Living in Oshkosh


Oshkosh is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 66,665 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Oshkosh is the eighth largest community in Wisconsin.

Unlike some cities, Oshkosh isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oshkosh are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oshkosh is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Oshkosh who work in office and administrative support (13.99%), sales jobs (11.73%), and food service (7.62%).

Oshkosh is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Oshkosh enrolled in college, Oshkosh has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Not only is Oshkosh a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Oshkosh is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Oshkosh a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Oshkosh is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.49 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 terms of college education, Oshkosh is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.46% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oshkosh in 2010 was $23,204, which is lower middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,816 for a family of four. However, Oshkosh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Oshkosh home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oshkosh residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oshkosh include German, Irish, Polish, English, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Oshkosh is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.