Clear Lake, a small town in Iowa, has a population of slightly less than 8,000. Families with young children will fit right in, as kids under 5 account for an above-average percentage of the population, while young adults are less well-represented. At an average age of just under 43, the town's residents are older than most cities in Iowa. Only 25% of residents rent in Clear Lake, as home ownership is common in the town. Renters in the town benefit from a relatively low average rent of $695/month, which is $115 a month less than the state average.
Compared to the national average (19%), Clear Lake has a relatively high concentration of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's or Associate's degree (23%). Additionally, 4% have a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Clear Lake. The four most common are healthcare, retail, entertainment, and manufacturing. Combined, these industries account for 27% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the town. Clear Lake workers take home an average annual income of just over $68,000, about the same as the average Iowa resident. However, Clear Lake compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345).
Clear Lake residents have an average commute of about 19 minutes, faster than nearly 80% of cities in Iowa. Many residents (45%) commute to work by car or truck, while public transportation is not used much. Cycling is the second-most preferred way to get to work, chosen by 1% of workers. A small percentage of commuters walk to work.
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