Fort Madison is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 10,717 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Fort Madison is the 34th largest community in Iowa. Fort Madison has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
When you are in Fort Madison, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.06% of Fort Madison’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Fort Madison is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Madison who work in sales jobs (11.92%), office and administrative support (11.46%), and food service (6.75%).
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!) Fort Madison 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. Fort Madison has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Fort Madison than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Fort Madison may be for you.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Madison spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.11 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small city, Fort Madison doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The rate of college-level education in Fort Madison is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.96% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Fort Madison in 2010 was $22,775, 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 $91,100 for a family of four.
Fort Madison is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Madison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Madison residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fort Madison include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Madison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Gujarathi and Spanish.