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 real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Spirit Lake house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Spirit Lake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Spirit Lake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Spirit Lake is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spirit Lake who work in management occupations (13.51%), sales jobs (11.47%), and office and administrative support (10.44%).

Of important note, Spirit Lake is also a city of artists. Spirit Lake has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Spirit Lake’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One of the benefits of Spirit Lake is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.97 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.

The education level of Spirit Lake citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.98% of adults in Spirit Lake have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spirit Lake in 2010 was $29,589, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,356 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Spirit Lake include Irish, Norwegian, 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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