Ottumwa, IA
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Ottumwa is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 24,624 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Ottumwa is the 21st largest community in Iowa.

Ottumwa is a blue-collar town, with 37.93% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Ottumwa is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ottumwa who work in office and administrative support (9.99%), sales jobs (8.53%), and management occupations (6.58%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Ottumwa spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Ottumwa with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.72% of adults in Ottumwa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ottumwa in 2010 was $21,052, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,208 for a family of four. However, Ottumwa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ottumwa is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ottumwa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ottumwa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Ottumwa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ottumwa include Irish, English, Dutch, and Swedish.

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