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Buchanan County

Population in 2012: 171 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.9%
 

Males: 92  (54.1%)
Females: 79  (45.9%)

Median resident age:  43.7 years
Iowa median age:  42.7 years

Zip code: 50607

Estimated median household income in 2011: $37,264 (it was $38,750 in 2000)
Aurora:

$37,264
Iowa:

$49,427
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $18,790

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $54,426 (it was $42,200 in 2000)
Aurora:

$54,426
Iowa:

$123,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $105,000; Detached houses: $68,704; Mobile homes: $385,000

Median gross rent in 2011: $638.

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  • White alone - 173 (93.5%)
  • Two or more races - 8 (4.3%)
  • Hispanic - 3 (1.6%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.5%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Aurora: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: German (48.0%), Irish (12.5%), United States (11.7%), Dutch (5.1%), English (5.1%), Swedish (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 08/26/1899

Land area: 0.57 square miles.

Population density: 298 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Aurora:

  • High school or higher: 84.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.7%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Aurora city:

  • Never married: 27.2%
  • Now married: 49.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 2.9%
  • Divorced: 20.2%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.0%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Aurora, Iowa as of December 21, 2012.
The ratio of number of residents in Aurora to the number of sex offenders is 92 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $671 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $700 (1.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (32.6 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (122.5 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (214.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Stanley, IA (2.1 miles) , Lamont, IA (2.1 miles ), Hazleton, IA (3.0 miles ), Arlington, IA (3.1 miles ), Dundee, IA (3.1 miles) , Winthrop, IA (3.2 miles ), Oelwein, IA (3.2 miles ), Strawberry Point, IA (3.3 miles ).

Latitude: 42.62 N, Longitude: 91.73 W

Area code: 319

Aurora household income distribution Aurora home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.5%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -9 (-4.4%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (22%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (50%)
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (35%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6%)
  • Communications equipment operators (5%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (15%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Top executives (7%)
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (7%)
  • Business operations specialists (7%)


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Tornado activity:

Aurora-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 181% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 10.9 miles away from the Aurora city center killed 5 people and injured 156 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 8/12/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.5 miles away from the city center injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Buchanan County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 4, Floods: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Aurora:

  • MERCY HOSPITAL OF FRANCISCAN SISTERS-OELWEIN (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, about 9 miles away; OELWEIN, IA)
  • BUCHANAN COUNTY HEALTH CENTER (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, about 14 miles away; INDEPENDENCE, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in Aurora, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Aurora:

  • Upper Iowa University (about 16 miles; Fayette, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,144)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 34 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 38 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,923)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 40 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Luther College (about 49 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,470)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 49 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (about 64 miles; Platteville, WI; FT enrollment: 6,352)

Library in Aurora:

  • AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $15,358; Location: 401 WOODRUFF ST; 3,632 books; 130 audio materials; 361 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 20 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Aurora: Aurora Elevator (A), Aurora Library (B), Aurora Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Aurora include: Aurora Methodist Church (A), Saint Paul's Lutheran Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.5. This is about average.
City:

32.5
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 16.1. This is better than average. There were 1 monitors within city limits.
City:

16.1
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.00. This is about average. There were 6 monitors within city limits.
City:

10.00
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 25.8%
(27.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  73.4%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.9%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Aurora, IA

Aurora compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Banks with branches in Aurora (2011 data):

  • Farmers Savings Bank: Aurora Branch at 401 Main St, branch established on 2008/09/04. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $144.0 mil, Deposits: $128.3 mil, headquarters in Colesburg, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Marjon Bancorporation, Inc.

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Aurora travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (78%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16%)
  • Electricity (2%)
  • No fuel used (2%)

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Religion statistics for Aurora (based on Buchanan County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 70.39%
Here70.4%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran Church
Adherents48.3%16.0%13.0%5.4%4.3%
Congregations17.4%19.6%6.5%10.9%6.5%
NameOld Order Amish The Wesleyan ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAInternational Council of Community ChurchesOther
Adherents2.8%2.1%1.7%1.6%4.7%
Congregations13.0%2.2%6.5%2.2%15.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Buchanan County:

2.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Buchanan County:

6.70 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 20
This county:

9.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Buchanan County:

7.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Buchanan County:

27.5%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.3%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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 1$51
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 8$1,540
Firefighters 0$0 1$43
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$190
Parks and Recreation 0$0 2$636
Local Libraries 0$0 1$456
Totals for Government 0$0 14$2,916

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

  • Current Operations - Parks & Recreation: $27,000 ($157.89)
    Fire Protection: $20,000 ($116.96)
    Regular Highways: $18,000 ($105.26)
    Sewerage: $8,000 ($46.78)
    Libraries: $7,000 ($40.94)
    General - Other: $6,000 ($35.09)
    Police Protection: $4,000 ($23.39)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($17.54)
    General Public Buildings: $2,000 ($11.70)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($11.70)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($11.70)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($23.39)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $4,000 ($23.39)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $9,000 ($52.63)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $16,000 ($93.57)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $11,000 ($64.33)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $28,000 ($163.74)
    Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($17.54)
    Rents: $1,000 ($5.85)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $16,000 ($93.57)
    General Support: $4,000 ($23.39)
    All Other: $1,000 ($5.85)
  • Tax - Property: $29,000 ($169.59)
    Total General Sales: $13,000 ($76.02)

Aurora government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $64,000 ($374.27)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $56,000 ($327.49)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $8,000 ($46.78)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $139,000 ($812.87)

5.05% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.05%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Black Hawk County, IA  1.10% ($34,500 average AGI)
from Fayette County, IA  0.76% ($29,034)
from Linn County, IA  0.72% ($33,255)


5.94% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,582 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Black Hawk County, IA  1.30% ($25,410 average AGI)
to Linn County, IA  0.92% ($30,042)
to Fayette County, IA  0.65% ($28,220)

Strongest AM radio stations in Aurora:

  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWLO (1330 AM; 5 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Aurora:

  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KFMW (107.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUNI (90.9 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KOKZ (105.7 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KNWS-FM (101.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KQMG-FM (95.3 FM; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)
  • KDAT (104.5 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KMCH (94.7 FM; MANCHESTER, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KZIA (102.9 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KZIA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Aurora:

  • KWWL (Channel 7; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KGAN (Channel 2; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KGAN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCRG-TV (Channel 9; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KRIN (Channel 32; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPXR (Channel 48; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • KFXA (Channel 28; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: SECOND GENERATION OF IOWA, LTD.)


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Janean K Amundson, 1290 Taylor Ave. (Lat: 42.601583 Lon: -91.706000), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 59.4 m
    Registrant: 5152587000, Janean.Amundson@iowawireless.Com, 11358 AURORA
  • Janean K Amundson, 1290 Taylor Ave. (Lat: 42.601583 Lon: -91.706000), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 59.4 m
    Registrant: 5152587000, Janean.Amundson@iowawireless.Com, 11358 AURORA

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 6 Mi E 6 Mi N Of Independence On Hwy 939 (Lat: 42.539139 Lon: -91.803500), Call Sign: WQN327, Licensee ID: L01011557
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.595 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/09/2005, Expiration Date: 07/09/2015
    Registrant: Lyle H Tempus, 1577 Pine Creek Ave, Aurora, IA 50607-9739, Phone: (319) 634-3856
  • 1928 H Avenue (Lat: 42.657000 Lon: -91.745222), Call Sign: WQLD621
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.737 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/15/2009, Expiration Date: 12/15/2019, Certifier: John Mc Millian
    Registrant: National License, 938 3rd Avenue Nw, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: (317) 564-8018, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Aurora Water Tower, 105 Comelia St. (Lat: 42.622972 Lon: -91.730139), Type: Tank, Structure height: 50.3 m, Overall height: 53.3 m, Call Sign: WQPN808
    Assigned Frequencies: 10855.0 MHz, 10895.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/10/2012, Expiration Date: 07/10/2022, Certifier: Rick Wulfkuhle
    Registrant: Racom Corp, 201 W. State St., Marshalltown, IA 50158, Phone: (888) 752-1016, Fax: (641) 752-0674, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KB0NTE
    Grant Date: 07/14/1994, Expiration Date: 07/14/2004, Cancellation Date: 07/15/2006
    Registrant: Cherrie D Brown, 1505 Slater Ave, Aurora, IA 50607

FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-401 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: WALTER M601E-11 (751 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 401KR , Serial Number: 401-0813, Year manufactured: 1991, Airworthiness Date: 05/10/2007
    Registrant (Corporation): Kyle E Rich Inc, 1268 Slater Ave, Aurora, IA 50607
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W PT6A SERIES (500 HP) (Turbo-prop)
    N-Number: 5003C , Serial Number: 502B-0396, Airworthiness Date: 11/27/1996
    Registrant (Individual): Pending Registration, 1268 Slater Ave, Aurora, IA 50607
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 85397 , Serial Number: 7AC-4137, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 05/23/1958
    Registrant (Corporation): Kyle E Rich Inc, 1268 Slater Ave, Aurora, IA 50607
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 210B (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 141 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR I0-470 SERIES (260 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9752X , Serial Number: 21058052, Year manufactured: 1962, Airworthiness Date: 06/11/1962
    Registrant (Individual): Pending Registration, 1268 Slater Ave, Aurora, IA 50607


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 7

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