Cresco, IA
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Cresco is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 3,833 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cresco is the 98th largest community in Iowa. Cresco has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Cresco is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.62% of the Cresco workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Cresco is a city of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cresco who work in office and administrative support (9.11%), food service (7.24%), and management occupations (6.96%).

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 14.73 minutes getting to work every day.

Being a small city, Cresco does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Cresco with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.25% of adults in Cresco have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Cresco in 2010 was $22,674, 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 $90,696 for a family of four. However, Cresco contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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