Oskaloosa, IA
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Oskaloosa is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 11,607 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oskaloosa is the 32nd largest community in Iowa.

Oskaloosa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Oskaloosa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oskaloosa who work in office and administrative support (13.35%), sales jobs (9.79%), and teaching (7.87%).

Oskaloosa is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Oskaloosa enrolled in college, Oskaloosa has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Oskaloosa spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.14 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Oskaloosa are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.30% of adults in Oskaloosa having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Oskaloosa in 2010 was $21,907, 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 $87,628 for a family of four. However, Oskaloosa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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