Iola, KS
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Iola is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 5,470 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Iola is the 56th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Iola is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Iola is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Iola who work in office and administrative support (13.10%), sales jobs (10.60%), and management occupations (9.41%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Iola spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.07 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Iola citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.34% of adults 25 and older in Iola have a college degree.

The per capita income in Iola in 2010 was $18,326, which is low income relative to Kansas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,304 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Iola is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and German.

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