Huntington, WV
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Huntington is a medium-sized city located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 48,113 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Huntington is the second largest community in West Virginia.

Huntington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Huntington is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntington who work in sales jobs (14.20%), office and administrative support (13.69%), and healthcare (11.10%).

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

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 18.82 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Huntington is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.00% of adults in Huntington have a college degree.

The per capita income in Huntington in 2010 was $21,449, which is middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,796 for a family of four. However, Huntington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Huntington also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.77% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Huntington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Huntington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Huntington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Huntington include German, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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