Norwalk, IA

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Living in Norwalk

Norwalk is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 12,799 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Norwalk is the 32nd largest community in Iowa. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Norwalk, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Norwalk, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Norwalk’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Norwalk does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $83,241.00.

Norwalk real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Norwalk house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Norwalk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Norwalk is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwalk who work in sales jobs (12.36%), management occupations (10.95%), and office and administrative support (10.84%).

Also of interest is that Norwalk has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Norwalk telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.72% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Norwalk is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Norwalk really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Norwalk perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Being a small city, Norwalk does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The population of Norwalk 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: 39.91% of adults in Norwalk have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norwalk in 2018 was $40,313, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $161,252 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Norwalk is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and German/Yiddish.