Oelwein, IA


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Oelwein is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 6,153 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Oelwein is the 60th largest community in Iowa. Oelwein has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Oelwein isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oelwein are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oelwein is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oelwein who work in office and administrative support (11.15%), food service (9.33%), and healthcare suport services (7.96%).

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

In terms of college education, the citizens of Oelwein rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.12% of adults 25 and older in Oelwein have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Oelwein in 2010 was $22,295, 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 $89,180 for a family of four. However, Oelwein contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Oelwein home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oelwein residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Oelwein include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.

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

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