Mount Vernon is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 4,522 people and just one neighborhood, Mount Vernon is the 86th largest community in Iowa. Mount Vernon has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Real Estate Prices
Mount Vernon real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Mount Vernon house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mount Vernon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mount Vernon is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Vernon who work in office and administrative support (18.46%), teaching (13.56%) and business and financial occupations (6.93%).
Of important note, Mount Vernon is also a city of artists. Mount Vernon has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Mount Vernon’s character.
Also of interest is that Mount Vernon has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.70% 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
Mount Vernon 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 Mount Vernon 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.
Being a small city, Mount Vernon does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.