Lamoni is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 2,404 people and just one neighborhood, Lamoni is the 139th largest community in Iowa.
Occupations and Workforce
Lamoni is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lamoni is a city of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lamoni who work in teaching (11.81%), food service (11.10%) and office and administrative support (11.01%).
Of important note, Lamoni is also a city of artists. Lamoni has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lamoni’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.74% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Lamoni is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Lamoni to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
For a small city, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Lamoni. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Lamoni.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lamoni spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.23 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.