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COMMUNITY TYPE

Service Worker Centers

Characteristics
  • Midsize and small towns
  • Economies fueled by hotels, stores and restaurants
  • Lower-than-average median household income by county
  • Among the country’s least diverse with a population that is 91 percent white

Community Type Demographics

Ethnicity

Presidential Election Results

2004
  • 43%
  • Kerry in 2004
  • Kerry
  • 55%
  • Bush in 2004
  • Bush
2008
  • 47%
  • Obama in 2008
  • Obama
  • 51%
  • McCain in 2008
  • McCain

Representative Communities

Community Type Comparison

Median Household Income

  • $34,956
  • Service Worker Center
  • Service Worker Center
  • $36,934
  • College Graduates
  • National
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