Atlantic is a small town in Iowa with slightly less than 7,000 residents. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees make up a greater percentage of the population (23%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young professionals feature less prominently in the demographics. At an average age of just over 43, the town's residents are older than most cities in Iowa. The majority of Atlantic residents own their homes, and 37% of residents rent. With a relatively low average rent of $650 per month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Iowa. Each month, renters in Atlantic will pay around $160 less compared to the state average.
Many Atlantic residents work in one of three industries: retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. Combined, these industries make up 23% of the workforce in the town. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 8% of the town's population works in sales, making it the top field in the town. Atlantic workers take home an average annual income of around $53K, about $15,000 less than those elsewhere in the state. Atlantic's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Atlantic has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have a high school degree or equivalent (28%) compared to the national average. Additionally, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have a Master's or Doctoral degree.
Averaging about 15 minutes, Atlantic's commute time is shorter than the Iowa average of about 20 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing way to get to work, opted for by 43% of residents, while public transportation isn't widely used. Walking (3%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
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