Washington, IA
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Washington is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 7,408 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Washington is the 55th largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Washington was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Washington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Washington is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Washington who work in office and administrative support (12.35%), sales jobs (10.96%), and healthcare (6.94%).

The education level of Washington citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.42% of adults in Washington have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Washington in 2010 was $27,230, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,920 for a family of four. However, Washington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Washington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Washington include Irish, English, Swedish, and Czech.

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

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