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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 food service (10.06%), office and administrative support (9.99%), and sales jobs (8.48%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Oelwein is worth considering.

The percentage of adults in Oelwein with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.75% of adults in Oelwein have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oelwein in 2010 was $21,860, 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 $87,440 for a family of four.

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 Italian.

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

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