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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Tama is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.12% of the Tama workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Tama is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Tama who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), teaching (7.60%), and sales jobs (7.16%).

The citizens of Tama are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.23% of adults in Tama have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Tama in 2010 was $22,014, which is lower middle income relative to Iowa, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,056 for a family of four. However, Tama contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tama is a very 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 23.71% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tama include Irish, Czech, English, 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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