Northwood, IA
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Northwood is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 1,995 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Northwood is the 160th largest community in Iowa.

When you are in Northwood, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.58% of Northwood’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Northwood is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Northwood who work in office and administrative support (9.65%), sales jobs (9.65%), and management occupations (8.61%).

The overall crime rate in Northwood is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

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

The citizens of Northwood are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.83% of adults in Northwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Northwood in 2010 was $22,058, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,232 for a family of four. However, Northwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Northwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Scandinavian languages.

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