Clinton, IA
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Clinton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 25,184 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Clinton is the 18th largest community in Iowa. Clinton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Clinton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Clinton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Clinton who work in office and administrative support (13.38%), sales jobs (8.12%), and food service (7.56%).

Clinton’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

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

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 16.59 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Clinton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.20% of adults 25 and older in Clinton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Clinton in 2010 was $25,434, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,736 for a family of four. However, Clinton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Clinton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.