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Living In Oelwein, IA

A small town in Iowa, Oelwein has approximately 6,000 residents. It's a comfortable place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (23%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young professionals are less well-represented. The majority of residents own their homes in Oelwein, and 32% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the town boasts a relatively low average rent of $643 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Oelwein will save around $2,000 compared to the state average.

With an average commute time of about 18 minutes, outperforming most cities in Iowa, Oelwein residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Many residents (41%) commute to work by car, while public transit is not used extensively. Walking (2%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number surpasses the national average.

Many Oelwein residents work in one of three industries: healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. Together, these industries make up 26% of the town's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the town's residents work in transportation, as 8% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. Oelwein workers earn an average annual income of just over $52,000, about $16,000 less than the state average. Oelwein's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Oelwein has a large percentage of residents older than 25 with an Associate's degree (8%) compared to the national average (5%). Furthermore, 11% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.

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