Alpha, Minnesota

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Population in 2014: 128 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +1.6%
 
Males: 81  (63.4%)
Females: 47  (36.6%)
Median resident age:  30.5 years
Minnesota median age:  37.9 years

Zip code: 56111

Estimated median household income in 2016: $78,196 (it was $41,750 in 2000)
Alpha:

$78,196
MN:

$65,599

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $31,389 (it was $18,769 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $44,240 (it was $26,500 in 2000)
Alpha:

$44,240
MN:

$211,800

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $126,693; Detached houses: $125,866
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  • Races in Alpha, MN (2010)

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    • 10994.0%White alone
    • 32.6%Asian alone
    • 32.6%Two or more races
    • 10.9%Hispanic
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Alpha: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.7%), Norwegian (2.1%), American (1.1%), Czech (1.1%), Dutch (1.1%), English (1.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1387 feet

Land area: 0.18 square miles.

Population density: 723 people per square mile   (low).

Alpha, Minnesota map

For population 25 years and over in Alpha:

  • High school or higher: 93.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 2.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Alpha city:

  • Never married: 20.9%
  • Now married: 50.4%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 20.5%

25 residents are foreign born

This city:

16.3%
Minnesota:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $761 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $711 (1.7%)

Alpha satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (93.5 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (121.3 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (385.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Jackson, MN (2.5 miles ), Dunnell, MN (2.7 miles) , Sherburn, MN (2.7 miles ), Trimont, MN (3.4 miles ), Welcome, MN (3.6 miles ), Ceylon, MN (3.7 miles ), Superior, IA (3.8 miles) , Lakefield, MN (3.9 miles ).

Latitude: 43.64 N, Longitude: 94.87 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 507

Alpha household income distribution Alpha home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.9%
Minnesota:

3.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +21 (+20.0%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (52%)
  • Public administration (15%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Public administration (18%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (48%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (15%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (4%)
  • Sales and related occupations (4%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Average climate in Alpha, Minnesota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Alpha-area historical tornado activity is above Minnesota state average. It is 57% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/31/1971, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 17.9 miles away from the Alpha city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 3/29/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 39.3 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 19 people and caused $75 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Alpha-area historical earthquake activity is above Minnesota state average. It is 79% 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 151.8 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 229.5 miles away from Alpha center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 157.2 miles away from the city 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 211.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 180.3 miles away from Alpha center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 155.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Jackson County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Alpha topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Alpha:

  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - JACKSON (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; JACKSON, MN)
  • SANFORD JACKSON MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 7 miles away; JACKSON, MN)
  • TRIMONT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 12 miles away; TRIMONT, MN)
  • TRIMONT HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; TRIMONT, MN)
  • TRIMONT NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; TRIMONT, MN)
  • COLONIAL MANOR NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; LAKEFIELD, MN)
  • AVERA HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; ESTHERVILLE, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alpha:

  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 17 miles; Estherville, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,311)
  • South Central College (about 56 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 56 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 66 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,496)
  • Buena Vista University (about 71 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 72 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 87 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)

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Notable location: Alpha Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Alpha: Trinity Lutheran Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Jackson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2004 was 49.2. This is significantly better than average.

City:

49.2
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 15.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 16.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.6
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 8.82. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.82
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 8.6%
(7.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  80.9%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.5%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Alpha (2011 data):

  • Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Alpha: Farmers And Merchants State Bank Of at 210 North Main Street, branch established on 1911/08/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $29.7 mil, Deposits: $26.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.9
Minnesota average:

10.7

Alpha travel time to work - commute Alpha mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Alpha city (based on Jackson County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,45111
Evangelical Protestant2,33812
Catholic2,0163
Other-1
None2,461-
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
Jackson County:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Jackson County:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Jackson County:

4.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.6%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Jackson County:

28.2%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.1%
State:

13.0%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Alpha:

51.4%
Minnesota:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

51.4%
Minnesota:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.0
Minnesota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.7%
Minnesota:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

12.0%
Minnesota:

10.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Alpha:

6.9
Minnesota:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

40.3%
State:

33.2%

General health condition:
Alpha:

58.4%
Minnesota:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

81.6%
State:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Alpha, MN 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 Government Administration 0$0 7$4,095
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$82
Sewerage 0$0 1$2,730
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$171
Electric Power 0$0 3$7,507
Totals for Government 0$0 13$14,585

Alpha government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $84,000 ($656.25)
    Water Utilities: $31,000 ($242.19)
    Fire Protection: $27,000 ($210.94)
    General - Other: $14,000 ($109.38)
    Sewerage: $13,000 ($101.56)
    Regular Highways: $11,000 ($85.94)
    Financial Administration: $9,000 ($70.31)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,000 ($70.31)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($23.44)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($15.63)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $102,000 ($796.88)
    Benefit Payments: $5,000 ($39.06)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $10,000 ($78.13)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($39.06)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $41,000 ($320.31)

Alpha government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $7,000 ($54.69)
    Solid Waste Management: $6,000 ($46.88)
    Sewerage: $5,000 ($39.06)
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $12,000 ($93.75)
    From Other Government: $4,000 ($31.25)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $28,000 ($218.75)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($15.63)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $94,000 ($734.38)
    Water Utilities: $7,000 ($54.69)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $36,000 ($281.25)
    All Other: $8,000 ($62.50)
  • Tax - Property: $19,000 ($148.44)

Alpha government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $234,000 ($1828.13)

4.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,024 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.85%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cottonwood County, MN  0.58% ($26,280 average AGI)
from Nobles County, MN  0.40% ($37,294)
from Martin County, MN  0.35% ($48,533)


5.73% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,500 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cottonwood County, MN  0.65% ($38,393 average AGI)
to Martin County, MN  0.49% ($35,762)
to Dickinson County, IA  0.46% ($44,600)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alpha:

  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KSUM (1370 AM; 1 kW; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: WOODWARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDOM (1580 AM; 1 kW; WINDOM, MN; Owner: WINDOM RADIO INCORPORATED)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • 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 Alpha:

  • KRAQ (105.7 FM; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINNESOTA)
  • KILR-FM (95.9 FM; ESTHERVILLE, IA; Owner: JACOBSON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUQQ (102.1 FM; MILFORD, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFMC-FM (106.5 FM; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: WOODWARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KEEZ-FM (99.1 FM; MANKATO, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KUOO (103.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KXAC (100.5 FM; ST. JAMES, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KDOM-FM (94.3 FM; WINDOM, MN; Owner: WINDOM RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Alpha:

  • K53EV (Channel 53; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K41EG (Channel 41; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERAL RURAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K45EH (Channel 45; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K51EN (Channel 51; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K59FN (Channel 59; JACKSON, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K61GE (Channel 61; JACKSON, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K23FO (Channel 23; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K57GE (Channel 57; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • KEYC-TV (Channel 12; MANKATO, MN; Owner: UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • K30FN (Channel 30; ST. JAMES, MN; Owner: COOPERATIVE TELEVISION ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA)
  • K58AF (Channel 58; WINDOM, MN; Owner: CITY OF WINDOM)
  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K28AE (Channel 28; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: OGDEN BROADCASTING OF MINNESOTA, INC)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

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  • 2 Mi S (Lat: 43.629389 Lon: -94.873889), Call Sign: WRB304, Licensee ID: L00053602
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.915 MHzGrant Date: 05/21/2004, Expiration Date: 08/16/2014, Cancellation Date: 10/18/2014Registrant: Dennis Whisney, 77301 600th Avenue, Alpha, MN 56111, Phone: (507) 847-4189, Fax: (507) 847-4782, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • Alpha North, Lat: 43.637917 Lon: -94.871778, Type: Silo, Structure height: 32 m, Call Sign: WQMY983
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 11/13/2010, Expiration Date: 11/13/2020, Certifier: Carl J TorarpRegistrant: Localoop, Inc., 4725 Excelsior Blvd, Ste. 402, Minneapolis, MN 55416, Phone: (612) 327-3303, Email:
  • Alpha East, Lat: 43.637917 Lon: -94.871778, Type: Silo, Structure height: 32 m, Call Sign: WQMY983
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 11/13/2010, Expiration Date: 11/13/2020, Certifier: Carl J TorarpRegistrant: Localoop, Inc., 4725 Excelsior Blvd, Ste. 402, Minneapolis, MN 55416, Phone: (612) 327-3303, Email:
  • Alpha South, Lat: 43.637917 Lon: -94.871778, Type: Silo, Structure height: 32 m, Call Sign: WQMY983
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 11/13/2010, Expiration Date: 11/13/2020, Certifier: Carl J TorarpRegistrant: Localoop, Inc., 4725 Excelsior Blvd, Ste. 402, Minneapolis, MN 55416, Phone: (612) 327-3303, Email:
  • Alpha West, Lat: 43.637917 Lon: -94.871778, Type: Silo, Structure height: 32 m, Call Sign: WQMY983
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 11/13/2010, Expiration Date: 11/13/2020, Certifier: Carl J TorarpRegistrant: Localoop, Inc., 4725 Excelsior Blvd, Ste. 402, Minneapolis, MN 55416, Phone: (612) 327-3303, Email:

Drinking water stations with addresses in Alpha that have no violations reported:

  • ALPHA (Population served: 116, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (89%)
  • Electricity (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)

Alpha compared to Minnesota state average:

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