Keokuk, IA
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Keokuk is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 10,609 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Keokuk is the 35th largest community in Iowa. Keokuk has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

When you are in Keokuk, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.25% of Keokuk’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Keokuk is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Keokuk who work in office and administrative support (12.90%), sales jobs (8.94%), and teaching (7.08%).

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!) Keokuk 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. Keokuk has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Keokuk than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Keokuk may be for you.

One of the benefits of Keokuk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.93 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 percentage of adults in Keokuk with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.96% of adults in Keokuk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Keokuk in 2010 was $19,359, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,436 for a family of four.

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

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