Indianola, IA
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Indianola is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 15,467 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Indianola is the 27th largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Indianola is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Indianola is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Indianola who work in office and administrative support (17.14%), sales jobs (12.15%), and teaching (7.94%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.57% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Indianola is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Indianola enrolled in college, Indianola has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

The education level of Indianola citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.13% of adults in Indianola have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Indianola in 2010 was $26,524, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,096 for a family of four. However, Indianola contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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