Spencer, IA
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Spencer is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 11,212 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Spencer is the 33rd largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Spencer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Spencer is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spencer who work in sales jobs (15.97%), office and administrative support (10.99%), and management occupations (5.90%).

One of the benefits of Spencer is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.59 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, Spencer is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.97% of adults 25 and older in Spencer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Spencer in 2010 was $25,852, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,408 for a family of four. However, Spencer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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