Fort Dodge, IA
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Fort Dodge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 24,649 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Fort Dodge is the 20th largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Dodge is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Dodge is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Dodge who work in sales jobs (13.07%), office and administrative support (12.15%), and management occupations (8.32%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Dodge spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.44 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Fort Dodge citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.24% of adults 25 and older in Fort Dodge have a college degree.

The per capita income in Fort Dodge in 2010 was $22,238, 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 $88,952 for a family of four. However, Fort Dodge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Fort Dodge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.