Creston, IA
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Creston is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 7,854 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Creston is the 50th largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Creston was built prior to World War II, 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, Creston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Creston is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Creston who work in office and administrative support (14.35%), sales jobs (10.49%), and teaching (8.08%).

One of the benefits of Creston is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.69 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 terms of college education, Creston is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.16% of adults 25 and older in Creston have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Creston in 2010 was $22,298, 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 $89,192 for a family of four. However, Creston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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