Muscatine, IA
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Muscatine is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 23,968 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Muscatine is the 22nd largest community in Iowa. Muscatine has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Muscatine is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Muscatine is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Muscatine who work in office and administrative support (14.39%), sales jobs (7.94%), and food service (7.92%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.56 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Muscatine is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.45% of adults 25 and older in Muscatine have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Muscatine in 2010 was $23,396, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,584 for a family of four. However, Muscatine contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Muscatine home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Muscatine residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Muscatine also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.03% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Muscatine include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

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