Perry, IA
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Perry is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 8,089 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Perry is the 52nd largest community in Iowa. Perry has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Perry is a blue-collar town, with 39.83% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Perry is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Perry who work in office and administrative support (12.77%), sales jobs (10.41%), and management occupations (6.57%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Perry rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.65% of adults 25 and older in Perry 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 Perry in 2010 was $17,833, which is low income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,332 for a family of four. However, Perry contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Perry is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Perry home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Perry residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Perry also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Perry include Irish, English, Italian, and Danish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Perry's cultural character, accounting for 20.47% of the city’s population.

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