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Population in 2012: 492 (78% urban, 22% rural). Population change since 2000: -5.0%
 

Males: 246  (50.1%)
Females: 246  (49.9%)

Median resident age:  41.0 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 52534, 52577.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,475 (it was $32,000 in 2000)
Beacon:

$28,475
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,218

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $52,163 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Beacon:

$52,163
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $66,394; Detached houses: $115,291; Mobile homes: $14,889

Median gross rent in 2012: $500.

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  • White alone - 480 (97.2%)
  • Hispanic - 10 (2.0%)
  • Black alone - 3 (0.6%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Beacon: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (32.9%), Dutch (21.7%), English (12.2%), Irish (9.3%), United States (3.3%), French (3.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/7/1874

Elevation: 750 feet

Land area: 1.01 square miles.

Population density: 489 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Beacon:

  • High school or higher: 73.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.0%
  • Unemployed: 19.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Beacon city:

  • Never married: 22.4%
  • Now married: 53.8%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 14.2%

7 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.6%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Beacon, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Beacon to the number of sex offenders is 492 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $900 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $656 (2.1%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (53.4 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (173.2 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (261.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Oskaloosa, IA (1.5 miles ), University Park, IA (1.8 miles ), Leighton, IA (2.6 miles) , Keomah Village, IA (2.8 miles) , Eddyville, IA (2.9 miles ), Bussey, IA (3.4 miles ), Rose Hill, IA (3.4 miles ), Kirkville, IA (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 41.28 N, Longitude: 92.68 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 641

Beacon household income distribution Beacon home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.0%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +25 (+5.1%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (39%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Information (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Manufacturing (19%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (19%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (16%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Beacon-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 163% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/20/1959, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.3 miles away from the Beacon city center injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1953, a category F4 tornado 37.3 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Mahaska County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snow: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Beacon:

  • CRYSTAL HEIGHTS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)
  • GEORGIAN COURT OF OSKALOOSA (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)
  • SIESTA PARK MANOR (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Beacon:

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 22 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,272)
  • Drake University (about 56 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 4,382)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 58 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 8,947)
  • University of Iowa (about 66 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,313)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 70 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)
  • Iowa State University (about 73 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)
  • Truman State University (about 76 miles; Kirksville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,595)

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

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 36.3%
(36.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

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

Percentage of family households:
This city:  67.6%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.5%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Beacon, IA

Beacon compared to Iowa state average:

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


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Beacon travel time to work - commute


Beacon mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (72%)
  • Electricity (17%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Wood (6%)

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Religion statistics for Beacon city (based on Mahaska County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.03%
Here48.0%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaCatholic ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Church of the Nazarene
Adherents21.1%13.4%11.9%10.0%8.6%
Congregations17.5%12.5%2.5%2.5%5.0%
NameReformed Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodLutheran ChurchUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents8.3%6.3%3.4%2.7%14.2%
Congregations5.0%5.0%2.5%2.5%45.0%
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: 4
Mahaska County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Mahaska County:

6.29 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

3.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Mahaska County:

27.7%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.5%
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
Financial Administration 0$0 1$129
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$620
Sewerage 0$0 2$969
Water Supply 0$0 4$969
Totals for Government 0$0 15$2,687

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

  • Construction - Sewerage: $85,000 ($172.76)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $82,000 ($166.67)
    Sewerage: $65,000 ($132.11)
    Regular Highways: $41,000 ($83.33)
    General Public Buildings: $12,000 ($24.39)
    Fire Protection: $10,000 ($20.33)
    General - Other: $7,000 ($14.23)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($10.16)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($4.07)
    Libraries: $2,000 ($4.07)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($2.03)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,000 ($26.42)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $59,000 ($119.92)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($8.13)
    Rents: $1,000 ($2.03)
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,000 ($2.03)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $91,000 ($184.96)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $42,000 ($85.37)
  • Tax - Property: $48,000 ($97.56)
    Total General Sales: $29,000 ($58.94)
    Public Utilities: $1,000 ($2.03)

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

  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $85,000 ($172.76)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $85,000 ($172.76)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $152,000 ($308.94)

6.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,710 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.03%
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 Wapello County, IA  0.78% ($29,194 average AGI)
from Marion County, IA  0.58% ($33,130)
from Keokuk County, IA  0.41% ($30,303)


6.52% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,324 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.52%
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 Marion County, IA  0.66% ($36,887 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.60% ($39,354)
to Wapello County, IA  0.56% ($32,800)

Strongest AM radio stations in Beacon:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBOE (740 AM; 0 kW; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KCJJ (1630 AM; 10 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: RIVER CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KBIZ (1240 AM; 1 kW; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WSUI (910 AM; 5 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Beacon:

  • KCWN (99.9 FM; NEW SHARON, IA; Owner: CROWN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KBOE-FM (104.9 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • KKSI (101.5 FM; EDDYVILLE, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KLBA-FM (96.7 FM; ALBIA, IA; Owner: H & H BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KIGC (88.7 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KOTM-FM (97.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRLS (92.1 FM; KNOXVILLE, IA; Owner: M AND H BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTWA (92.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Beacon:

  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KYOU-TV (Channel 15; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K51FJ (Channel 51; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • K10OO (Channel 10; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: RICHARD P. JACKSON, JR.)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K65GA (Channel 65; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K31ED (Channel 31; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K53FC (Channel 53; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K58ER (Channel 58; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K21EM (Channel 21; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K33AA (Channel 33; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K42AM (Channel 42; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • K23CI (Channel 23; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)
  • K25DE (Channel 25; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)
  • K27CV (Channel 27; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KB0WCV, Licensee ID: L00476720
    Grant Date: 04/13/2006, Expiration Date: 04/22/2016, Certifier: Ronald E Sheets
    Registrant: Ronald E Sheets, 611 Kilbourn Ave, Beacon, IA 52534
  • Call Sign: KC0SVD, Licensee ID: L00895719
    Grant Date: 07/22/2004, Expiration Date: 07/22/2014, Cancellation Date: 02/03/2010, Certifier: Kerri R Wilson
    Registrant: Kerri R Wilson, 224 Grant St. Ext, Beacon, IA 52534
  • Call Sign: KD0KCW, Previous Call Sign: KC0SVD, Licensee ID: L00895719
    Grant Date: 07/22/2004, Expiration Date: 07/22/2014, Certifier: Kerri R Wilson
    Registrant: Kerri R Wilson, 224 Grant St. Ext, Beacon, IA 52534


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1


Most common first names in Beacon, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Earl269.5 years
Harry282.5 years
Fred277.0 years
Henry266.5 years
James280.5 years
John274.5 years
Bertha286.0 years
David263.0 years
Inez280.0 years
Leo274.5 years
Most common last names in Beacon, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Sherman571.6 years
Deaver484.3 years
Miller459.5 years
Thomas360.0 years
Evans262.5 years
Donkelaar285.0 years
Boyer268.0 years
Carroll275.4 years
Hoffman276.0 years
Clark271.0 years

Beacon on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Machinery"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Metal and metal products"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Metal and metal products"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Administrative and support and waste management services"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Cashiers"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Office and administrative support occupations:"
  • #35 (52577) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Dutch first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
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