Alexander, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 164 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.6%
 
Males: 81  (49.7%)
Females: 83  (50.3%)
Median resident age:

39.3 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip code: 50420

Estimated median household income in 2017: $46,373 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Alexander:

$46,373
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,524 (it was $14,995 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $73,733 (it was $40,600 in 2000)
Alexander:

$73,733
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $49,842; detached houses: $50,076

Median gross rent in 2017: $496.

March 2019 cost of living index in Alexander: 81.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 22.7%
(21.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents)
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  • Races in Alexander, IA (2010)
    • 16393.1%White alone
    • 126.9%Hispanic



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Alexander, Iowa as of January 18, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Alexander is 76 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (41.2%), American (14.7%), Norwegian (14.7%), Irish (11.8%), European (5.9%), Danish (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 03/25/1902

Elevation: 380 feet

Land area: 4.28 square miles.

Population density: 38 people per square mile   (very low).

Alexander, Iowa map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.3%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $476 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $655 (1.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (54.3 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (149.7 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (303.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Rowan, IA (2.4 miles ),
Latimer, IA (2.5 miles ),
Coulter, IA (2.7 miles ),
Belmond, IA (2.7 miles ),
Meservey, IA (2.7 miles ),
Galt, IA (3.2 miles),
Dows, IA (3.2 miles ),
Goodell, IA (3.3 miles)

Latitude: 42.80 N, Longitude: 93.48 W

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Alexander, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Alexander, IA in 2017

Alexander satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.7%
Iowa:

2.8%
Most common industries in Alexander, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (21.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.3%)
  • Printing & related support activities (8.8%)
  • Health care (8.8%)
  • Construction (7.5%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (7.5%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (7.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (18.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (16.3%)
  • Construction (12.2%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (12.2%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (8.2%)
  • Truck transportation (6.1%)
  • Printing & related support activities (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (29.0%)
  • Health care (19.4%)
  • Printing & related support activities (16.1%)
  • Educational services (12.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (9.7%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.5%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (6.5%)
Most common occupations in Alexander, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.3%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (6.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (16.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (12.2%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (10.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.2%)
  • Construction laborers (8.2%)
  • Life and physical scientists (6.1%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (16.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (16.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (12.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.5%)

Average climate in Alexander, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Alexander-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 111% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 8.4 miles away from the Alexander city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 tornado 18.3 miles away from the city center killed 13 people and injured 462 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Alexander-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 235.3 miles away from Alexander center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 420.3 miles away from Alexander center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 313.0 miles away from Alexander center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 401.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 252.5 miles away from Alexander center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 275.0 miles away from Alexander center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Franklin County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 6, Heavy Rains: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Alexander topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Alexander:

  • BELMOND #1 (Hospital, about 7 miles away; BELMOND, IA)
  • BELMOND #2 (Hospital, about 7 miles away; BELMOND, IA)
  • USA HEALTHCARE, DOWS (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; DOWS, IA)
  • IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL-CLARION Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; CLARION, IA)
  • THE HEART OF WRIGHT (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; CLARION, IA)
  • FRANKLIN COUNTY PHNS (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; HAMPTON, IA)
  • FRANKLIN GENERAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; HAMPTON, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alexander:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 31 miles; Mason City, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,235)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 43 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Iowa State University (about 55 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 56 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 64 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Riverland Community College (about 65 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 77 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)

Library in Alexander:

  • ALEXANDER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $30,454; Location: 409 HARRIMAN ST; 6,382 books; 30 audio materials; 522 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 22 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Alexander: Alexander Public Library (A), Alexander Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Alexander include: United Methodist Church (A), First Reformed Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Alexander Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Franklin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

71.4%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

8.6%
Whole state:

6.7%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Alexander:

Marital status in Alexander, IA
  • Never married: 27.7%
  • Now married: 54.9%
  • Separated: 5.5%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 8.1%

For population 25 years and over in Alexander:

  • High school or higher: 83.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Alexander, IA (based on Franklin County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,29318
Evangelical Protestant1,3509
Catholic1,1292
Other1301
None3,778-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Franklin County:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Franklin County:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Here:

4.74 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Here:

4.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.6%
State:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Franklin County:

27.8%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.5%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

45.1%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

37.7%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.0
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

17.1%
State:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

5.9%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

29.6%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

50.6%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

71.5%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Alexander, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$300
Water Supply 0$0 1$500
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$477
Totals for Government 0$0 9$1,277

Alexander government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $22,000 ($134.15)
    Water Utilities: $17,000 ($103.66)
    Sewerage: $11,000 ($67.07)
    General Public Buildings: $10,000 ($60.98)
    General - Other: $6,000 ($36.59)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($24.39)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,000 ($24.39)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,000 ($18.29)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($12.20)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($6.10)
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000 ($6.10)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,000 ($12.20)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $5,000 ($30.49)
    Other - Police Protection: $2,000 ($12.20)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $21,000 ($128.05)

Alexander government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $11,000 ($67.07)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($12.20)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,000 ($6.10)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $21,000 ($128.05)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $11,000 ($67.07)
  • Tax - Property: $26,000 ($158.54)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,000 ($79.27)

Alexander government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $73,000 ($445.12)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,000 ($378.05)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000 ($67.07)

Alexander government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,000 ($67.07)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $33,000 ($201.22)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,000 ($30.49)

4.38% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($37,894 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.38%
Iowa average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Cerro Gordo County, IA  0.85% ($43,030 average AGI)
from Hardin County, IA  0.70% ($45,000)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alexander:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alexander:

  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLMJ (104.9 FM; HAMPTON, IA; Owner: CD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Alexander:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K25FA (Channel 25; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K47EK (Channel 47; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K49DZ (Channel 49; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K55GV (Channel 55; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K57GN (Channel 57; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K61GF (Channel 61; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K19DX (Channel 19; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • K27EW (Channel 27; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • K33ED (Channel 33; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K51EP (Channel 51; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K53FD (Channel 53; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K59FM (Channel 59; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K69GZ (Channel 69; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 14Number of bridges
  • 105ft / 31.7mTotal length
  • 12,680Total average daily traffic
  • 1,162Total average daily truck traffic
  • 12,680Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Alexander, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 11920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 21950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 21990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Alexander, IA

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Cr G 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 42.804972 Lon: -93.477694), Call Sign: KVY378,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.595 MHz, Grant Date: 03/11/2003, Expiration Date: 04/06/2013, Cancellation Date: 06/08/2013, Certifier: Tom Michel, Registrant: Agvantage Fs, Inc., 1600 8th Street Sw, Waverly, IA 50677-0828, Phone: (319) 483-4900, Fax: (319) 483-4992, Email:
  • 1712 Dogwood Ave. (Lat: 42.793056 Lon: -93.439444), Call Sign: WQFN994,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.585 MHz, Grant Date: 06/25/2016, Expiration Date: 08/29/2026, Certifier: Jeff Jensen, Registrant: Bob\'s Electronics, 32543 420th St, Avoca, IA 51521, Phone: (712) 343-2715, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • ALEXANDER, Lat: 42.827778 Lon: -93.469444, Call Sign: WQHK809,
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.368 MHz, Grant Date: 06/27/2017, Expiration Date: 08/24/2027, Certifier: Rebecca Anderbug, Registrant: Electronic Specialties, Inc., 2103 Highway 169 North, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: (800) 392-6659, Fax: (515) 295-7752, Email:
  • MET 477, Intersection Of 200th St And Cardinal Ave (Lat: 42.814806 Lon: -93.457472), Type: Upole, Structure height: 88.4 m, Call Sign: WRDE861, Licensee ID: L00276277,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6034.15 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, Grant Date: 04/12/2019, Expiration Date: 04/12/2029, Certifier: Mark Mccune, Registrant: Interstate Power And Light Company, 200 First Street Se, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, Phone: (608) 458-4357, Fax: (563) 557-2259, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Alexander, IA
  • 69.0%Utility gas
  • 14.3%Electricity
  • 11.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.8%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Alexander, IA
  • 66.7%Utility gas
  • 27.8%Electricity
  • 5.6%No fuel used


Alexander compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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