Spirit Lake, IA
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Spirit Lake is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 5,018 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Spirit Lake is the 83rd largest community in Iowa.

Spirit Lake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Spirit Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spirit Lake who work in management occupations (12.04%), office and administrative support (11.34%), and sales jobs (9.64%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.56% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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 13.90 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Spirit Lake is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.24% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spirit Lake in 2010 was $31,866, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,464 for a family of four. However, Spirit Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Spirit Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Spirit Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Spirit Lake include Norwegian, Irish, Dutch, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Spirit Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.

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