Chariton, IA
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Chariton is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 4,214 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chariton is the 90th largest community in Iowa. Chariton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chariton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chariton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chariton who work in office and administrative support (20.08%), food service (8.79%), and sales jobs (7.05%).

Also of interest is that Chariton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Chariton has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Chariton a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the benefits of Chariton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.19 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 Chariton, just 11.34% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chariton in 2010 was $18,231, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,924 for a family of four.

The people who call Chariton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chariton residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Chariton include Irish, English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Chariton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Russian and Slavic languages.

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