Latest news from Blairstown, IA collected exclusively by city-data.com from local newspapers, TV, and radio stations
Ancestries: German (34.2%), American (17.1%), Italian (4.2%), Czech (2.3%), Irish (2.3%), English (1.9%).
Current Local Time: CST time zone
Incorporated on 10/15/1868
Elevation: 840 feet
Land area: 0.48 square miles.
Population density: 1,416 people per square mile (low).
For population 25 years and over in Blairstown:
High school or higher: 85.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.4%
Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Blairstown city:
Never married: 18.9%
Now married: 61.1%
43 residents are foreign born (5.1% Latin America).
According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Blairstown, Iowa as of November 23, 2017. The ratio of number of residents in Blairstown to the number of sex offenders is 682 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,139 (1.0%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,123 (1.0%)
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Blairstown-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 105% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 8/12/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.9 miles away from the Blairstown city center injured 2 peopleand causedbetween $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 4/30/1954, a category F4 tornado 21.7 miles away from the city center .
Blairstown-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 326.0 miles away from the city 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 307.4 miles away from Blairstown center On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 167.3 miles away from the city center On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 354.3 miles away from the city center On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 354.9 miles away from Blairstown center On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 326.1 miles away from the city center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
The number of natural disasters in Benton County (15) is near the US average (13). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hospitals and medical centers near Blairstown:
MARENGO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; MARENGO, IA)
MARENGO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 8 miles away; MARENGO, IA)
IOWA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; MARENGO, IA)
KEYSTONE NURSING CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; KEYSTONE, IA)
BELLE PLAINE NURSING AND REHAB C (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; BELLE PLAINE, IA)
ESSENCE OF LIFE (Hospital, about 13 miles away; AMANA, IA)
COLONIAL MANOR OF AMANA (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; AMANA, IA)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blairstown:
Kirkwood Community College (about 23 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; Full-time enrollment: 11,503)
University of Iowa (about 33 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
Hawkeye Community College (about 39 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
University of Northern Iowa (about 47 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
Indian Hills Community College (about 62 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
Upper Iowa University (about 67 miles; Fayette, IA; FT enrollment: 5,275)
Des Moines Area Community College (about 80 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
Library in Blairstown:
BLAIRSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $51,379; Location: 305 LOCUST ST NW SUITE 2; 12,561 books; 684 audio materials; 891 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 30 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)
Notable locations in Blairstown: Blairstown (A), Blairstown City Hall (B), Blairstown Public Library (C), Blairstown Fire Station (D), Blairstown Ambulance Service (E). Display/hide their locations on the map
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 69.5. This is about average.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.214. This is better than average.Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.519. This is significantly better than average.Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 31.9. This is about average.Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 21.3. This is about average.Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.67. This is about average.Closest monitor was 20.9 miles away from the city center.
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 22.5%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.9% for other race residents, 88.6% for two or more races residents)
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
Gay men: 0.7% of all households
Banks with branches in Blairstown (2011 data):
Benton County State Bank: at 212 Locust Northeast, branch established on 1869/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $40.8 mil, Deposits: $27.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Blairstown Bancorp, Inc.
Religion statistics for Blairstown city (based on Benton County data)
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
108 Crow Street Nw (Lat: 41.907167 Lon: -92.089722), Type: Tower, Structure height: 45 m, Overall height: 51 m, Call Sign: WPFU679 Assigned Frequencies: 151.145 MHzGrant Date: 11/29/2014, Expiration Date: 02/24/2025Registrant: City Of Blairstown, Blairstown, IA 52209, Phone: (319) 350-3300, Fax: (319) 454-0015, Email:
360 1/2 Cedar Ne (Lat: 41.990278 Lon: -92.195472), Call Sign: WYY782, Licensee ID: L00816977 Assigned Frequencies: 460.675 MHzGrant Date: 04/13/1999, Expiration Date: 06/07/2004, Cancellation Date: 08/08/2004Registrant: Kimm & Sons Ready Mix Co, 306 1/2 Cedar Ne, Blairstown, IA 52209
2188 78th St (Lat: 41.892000 Lon: -92.082028), Call Sign: WPST642 Assigned Frequencies: 461.500 MHzGrant Date: 08/01/2001, Expiration Date: 08/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 10/01/2011, Certifier: Bernard MinnberryRegistrant: Illowa Communications, 2017 E Kimberly, Davenport, IA 52807, Phone: (319) 322-0981, Fax: (319) 322-3837
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:
LUZERNE, 7580 17th Ave (Lat: 41.922750 Lon: -92.161278), Type: Tower, Structure height: 60.4 m, Call Sign: WNTJ689 Assigned Frequencies: 6795.00 MHz, 6775.00 MHzGrant Date: 03/10/2011, Expiration Date: 05/30/2021Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad, 1400 Douglas St. Stop 0650, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 544-1777, Fax: (402) 233-3179, Email:
BLAIRSTOWN, 7310 19th Ave (Lat: 41.961750 Lon: -92.122861), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 100.5 m, Overall height: 106.7 m, Call Sign: WPTM565 Assigned Frequencies: 6286.19 MHz, 6197.24 MHzGrant Date: 10/12/2011, Expiration Date: 10/30/2021, Certifier: Steven T CampbellRegistrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:
Call Sign: K0AFI, Grant Date: 04/12/1996, Expiration Date: 04/12/2006, Cancellation Date: 04/15/2008, Registrant: John E Kelly, 207 Benton St, Blairstown, IA 52209
Call Sign: KD0ZDR, Licensee ID: L01734355, Grant Date: 02/18/2014, Expiration Date: 02/18/2024, Cancellation Date: 05/02/2014, Certifier: Randy R Macku, Registrant: Randy R Macku, Blairstown, IA 52209
Call Sign: KE0AGD, Licensee ID: L01859074, Grant Date: 04/25/2014, Expiration Date: 04/25/2024, Certifier: Melissa D Macku, Registrant: Melissa D Macku, 108 West St Sw, Blairstown, IA 52209
Call Sign: NG0Q, Previous Call Sign: KD0ZDR, Licensee ID: L01734355, Grant Date: 05/02/2014, Expiration Date: 05/02/2024, Certifier: Randy R Macku, Registrant: Randy R Macku, Blairstown, IA 52209
Call Sign: KE0CEK, Licensee ID: L01904616, Grant Date: 11/13/2014, Expiration Date: 11/13/2024, Certifier: Michael A Lindenberg, Registrant: Michael A Lindenberg, 111 Se Locust St, Blairstown, IA 52209
FAA Registered Aircraft:
Aircraft: FIREFLY BALLOONS 2010 INC FIREFLY 8 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: None N-Number: 3017B , Serial Number: F8-2034, Year manufactured: 2014, Airworthiness Date: 06/07/2014 Registrant (Corporation): J&d Bridgewater Inc, 7511 23rd Ave, Blairstown, IA 52209
Drinking water stations with addresses in Blairstown and their reported violations in the past:
BLAIRSTOWN WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 692, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2005 and AUG-2007, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (OCT-24-2007), St Public Notif requested (OCT-24-2007), St BCA signed (DEC-12-2007), St Public Notif received (JUN-27-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-20-2008)
One regular monitoring violation
Most common first names in Blairstown, IA among deceased individuals
Most common last names in Blairstown, IA among deceased individuals
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
Utility gas (58%)
Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
Other fuel (3%)
No fuel used (1%)
Businesses in Blairstown, IA
Blairstown compared to Iowa state average:
Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
Median age below state average.
Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
Number of college students significantly below state average.
Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.