Tama, IA


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Tama is a very small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 2,819 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Tama is the 120th largest community in Iowa. Tama has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Tama is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Tama is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Tama who work in office and administrative support (13.45%), teaching (9.44%), and food service (8.65%).

In terms of college education, Tama is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.32% of adults 25 and older in Tama have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tama in 2010 was $19,949, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,796 for a family of four. However, Tama contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tama is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tama home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tama residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Tama also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tama include Irish, English, Czech, and European.

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

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