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.

When you are in Ottumwa, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 38.77% of Ottumwa’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Ottumwa is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ottumwa who work in office and administrative support (10.43%), sales jobs (8.95%), and management occupations (5.71%).

One of the benefits of Ottumwa is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.50 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Ottumwa rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.04% of adults 25 and older in Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa in 2010 was $20,694, 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 $82,776 for a family of four. However, Ottumwa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 11.70% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ottumwa include Irish, English, Dutch, and French .

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