Mason City, IA
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Mason City is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 27,366 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Mason City is the 16th largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mason City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mason City is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mason City who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (11.28%), and healthcare (7.13%).

One of the benefits of Mason City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.10 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 Mason City who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.93% of the adults in Mason City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mason City in 2010 was $26,065, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,260 for a family of four. However, Mason City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Mason City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Laotian.