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.

Chariton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (20.33%), teaching (7.94%), and sales jobs (7.89%).

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.

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!) Chariton 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. Chariton has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Chariton than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Chariton may be for you.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Chariton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.16 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In Chariton, just 12.49% 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 $19,117, 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 $76,468 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Chariton include Irish, English, Russian, and Dutch.

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

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