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. Much of the housing stock in Sumner was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 (11.24%), sales jobs (9.97%), and management occupations (8.80%).

Sumner is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.

Being a small city, Sumner does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, Sumner is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.06% of adults 25 and older in Sumner have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sumner in 2010 was $24,725, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,900 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 French .

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

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