Waverly, IA
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Waverly is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 10,066 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Waverly is the 39th largest community in Iowa.

Waverly is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waverly is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waverly who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), sales jobs (10.90%), and teaching (10.57%).

Waverly is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Waverly enrolled in college, Waverly has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Waverly spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.35 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Waverly is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.65% of adults in Waverly have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waverly in 2010 was $28,364, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,456 for a family of four. However, Waverly contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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