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 (15.52%), office and administrative support (11.91%), and healthcare (6.20%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Spencer is worth considering.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Spencer spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.63 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Spencer is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.35% of adults 25 and older in Spencer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Spencer in 2010 was $28,837, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,348 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 Native Hawaiian. Important ancestries of people in Spencer include Irish, Norwegian, English, and Swedish.

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

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