Sumner, IA
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Sumner is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 2,009 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sumner is the 159th largest community in Iowa. Sumner has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, Sumner isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Sumner are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sumner is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sumner who work in office and administrative support (11.12%), management occupations (11.12%), and sales jobs (9.45%).

Because of many things, Sumner is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Sumner a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Sumner has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Sumner’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The citizens of Sumner are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.56% of adults in Sumner having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sumner in 2010 was $25,238, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,952 for a family of four. However, Sumner contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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