Harlan, IA
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Harlan is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 5,002 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harlan is the 80th largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harlan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harlan is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harlan who work in office and administrative support (16.61%), sales jobs (9.73%), and healthcare (6.48%).

Harlan is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Harlan’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One of the benefits of Harlan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.08 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.

The population of Harlan overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Harlan, 23.80% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Harlan in 2010 was $27,580, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,320 for a family of four. However, Harlan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Harlan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harlan residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harlan include Danish, Irish, English, and Norwegian.

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

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