Red Oak is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 5,472 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Red Oak is the 65th largest community in Iowa. Red Oak 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Red Oak is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Red Oak is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Red Oak who work in office and administrative support (14.23%), management occupations (10.55%), and healthcare (8.58%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.48 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Red Oak are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.96% of adults in Red Oak have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Red Oak in 2010 was $20,262, 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 $81,048 for a family of four. However, Red Oak contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Red Oak home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Red Oak residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Red Oak include Irish, English, Swedish, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Red Oak is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.