Creston, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 7,839 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: +3.2%
 
Males: 3,618  (46.2%)
Females: 4,221  (53.8%)
Median resident age:

38.9 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50801.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $44,268 (it was $29,831 in 2000)
Creston:

$44,268
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,746 (it was $16,411 in 2000)

Creston city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $104,061 (it was $57,300 in 2000)
Creston:

$104,061
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $130,668; detached houses: $135,651; townhouses or other attached units: $117,271; in 2-unit structures: $71,076; mobile homes: $56,336

Median gross rent in 2017: $611.

March 2019 cost of living index in Creston: 76.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 15.6%
(16.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.5% for Black residents, 21.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Creston, IA (2017)
    • 7,33592.0%White alone
    • 2833.5%Hispanic
    • 1261.6%Black alone
    • 801.0%Asian alone
    • 761.0%Two or more races
    • 180.2%American Indian alone

Races in Creston detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 21 registered sex offenders living in Creston, Iowa as of June 05, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Creston is 378 to 1.


Crime rates in Creston by year

Type

2006

2008

2009

2010

2011

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(13.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2
(27.0)
5
(66.8)
2
(26.3)
1
(13.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.7)
2
(25.4)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
15
(202.8)
11
(147.0)
19
(250.1)
17
(222.9)
19
(241.3)
20
(253.0)
18
(229.5)
24
(305.3)
13
(166.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
53
(716.4)
46
(614.7)
42
(552.8)
41
(537.6)
30
(381.0)
48
(607.3)
26
(331.5)
22
(279.9)
24
(306.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
145
(1,960)
174
(2,325)
206
(2,712)
138
(1,809)
116
(1,473)
97
(1,227)
106
(1,351)
128
(1,628)
134
(1,712)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
23
(310.9)
14
(187.1)
12
(158.0)
14
(183.6)
13
(165.1)
3
(38.0)
9
(114.7)
10
(127.2)
7
(89.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(40.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(26.3)
1
(13.1)
2
(25.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.7)
0
(0.0)
3
(38.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)212.9200.5228.2173.2147.0170.5136.2163.6130.3

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City-data.com crime index in Creston, IA

Crime rate in Creston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 16 (11 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.40
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (20.9%), American (18.4%), Irish (10.9%), Italian (7.9%), English (6.4%), Scottish (3.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/22/1871

Land area: 5.08 square miles.

Population density: 1,544 people per square mile   (low).

Creston, Iowa map

214 residents are foreign born (0.8% North America, 0.7% Latin America, 0.5% Africa, 0.3% Europe, 0.3% Asia).

This city:

2.7%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,797 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,564 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (53.3 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (87.0 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (350.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Cromwell, IA (2.3 miles),
Kent, IA (3.0 miles),
Afton, IA (3.0 miles ),
Orient, IA (3.2 miles ),
Arispe, IA (3.3 miles),
Shannon City, IA (3.5 miles),
Prescott, IA (3.6 miles ),
Macksburg, IA (3.8 miles)

Latitude: 41.06 N, Longitude: 94.36 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,447 (+18.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,000 (73.3%)

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Creston, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Creston, IA in 2017
Creston satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 3 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $62,700
  • 1999: 4 buildings, average cost: $90,400
  • 2000: 15 buildings, average cost: $113,700
  • 2001: 9 buildings, average cost: $105,800
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $127,500
  • 2003: 10 buildings, average cost: $115,900
  • 2004: 10 buildings, average cost: $121,800
  • 2005: 5 buildings, average cost: $199,900
  • 2006: 10 buildings, average cost: $188,400
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $166,600
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $185,000
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $172,500
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $235,000
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $258,300
  • 2012: 16 buildings, average cost: $130,700
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2014: 7 buildings, average cost: $137,700
  • 2015: 6 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2016: 23 buildings, average cost: $136,600
  • 2017: 2 buildings, average cost: $93,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Creston, IA residents
Average permit cost in Creston, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.6%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Creston, IA
Historical housing units in Creston, IA
Most common industries in Creston, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.4%)
  • Educational services (8.6%)
  • Food (6.5%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.3%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (10.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.1%)
  • Food (6.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.1%)
  • Educational services (4.9%)
  • Health care (4.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.9%)
  • Educational services (12.1%)
  • Food (6.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.5%)
  • Public administration (5.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.3%)
Most common occupations in Creston, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Registered nurses (4.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.2%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.9%)

Average climate in Creston, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Creston-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 94% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 3.0 miles away from the Creston city center injured 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1999, a category F4 tornado 3.1 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Creston-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 79% 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 388.7 miles away from Creston center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 68.6 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 376.7 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 373.6 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 261.4 miles away from the city center
On 2/11/1995 at 05:54:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 49.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Union County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Creston topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Creston:

  • BURLINGTON HOUSE (605 GRAND AVENUE)
  • GREATER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Government - Local, provides emergency services, 1700 WEST TOWNLINE ROAD)
  • SUNCREST GROUP HOME (607 GRAND AVENUE)
  • CREST HAVEN CARE CENTRE (1000 EAST HOWARD)
  • CRESTON MANOR (1001 COTTONWOOD DRIVE)
  • CRESTON NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (1001 COTTONWOOD DRIVE)
  • CRESTON DIALYSIS (1700 W TOWNLINE ST #2B)
  • GREATER REGIONAL HOME CARE (1715 WEST PRAIRIE, SUITE A)
  • NURSES ON CALL (500 EAST TAYLOR)

Airports, heliports and other landing facilities located in Creston:

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Amtrak station:

CRESTON (PINE & ADAMS STS.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

College/University in Creston:

  • Southwestern Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,149; Location: 1501 W. Townline Street; Public; Website: www.swcciowa.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Creston:

  • Drake University (about 53 miles; Des Moines, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,768)
  • Northwest Missouri State University (about 56 miles; Maryville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,946)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 60 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa Western Community College (about 77 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; FT enrollment: 5,344)
  • Iowa State University (about 77 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Bellevue University (about 82 miles; Bellevue, NE; FT enrollment: 7,139)
  • Creighton University (about 84 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 5,370)

Public high school in Creston:

Public elementary/middle schools in Creston:

Private elementary/middle schools in Creston:

See full list of schools located in Creston

Library in Creston:

  • MATILDA J. GIBSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $175,474; Location: 200 W HOWARD ST; 35,245 books; 1,509 audio materials; 1,355 video materials; 4 local licensed databases; 2 other licensed databases; 68 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Creston: Sears Sports Complex (A), Union County Historical Village and Museum (B), Creston (C), Cozy Camper Campgrounds (D), Matilda Gibson Memorial Library (E), Creston Fire Department (F), Union County Sheriff Office (G), Union County Courthouse (H), Frank Phillips Visitors Information Center (I), Creston City Hall (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Creston include: Saint Pauls Episcopal Church (A), Holy Spirit Church (B), Fairview Congregational Church (C), United Church of Christ (D), Presbyterian Church (E), First Christian Church of Christ (F), Assembly of God Church (G), Abundant Life Church (H), Solid Rock Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lake McKinley (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Creston include: Veterans of Foreign Wars Ballfield (1), Rainbow Park (2), McKinley Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Super 8 Creston IA (804 West Taylor), Creston Super 8 Motel (900 South Sumner Avenue), Berning Motor Inn (1009 West Adams Street), Holiday Motel (800 South Walnut Street), Super 8 (804 West Taylor Street).

Court: Union County - Juvenile Court Ofc (211 South Elm Street).

Birthplace of: Julee Cruise - Pop singer, Marcia Wallace - Actress, John Robinson (drummer) - Drummer, Don Corbitt - Football player, Hal Smith (pitcher) - Baseball player, Walter Cunningham - (b. 1932), astronaut.

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Creston and their reported violations in the past:

CRESTON WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 7,834, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - In JUN-2013, Contaminant: Chlorite. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-16-2013), St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2013), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-19-2013), St Public Notif received (JUN-20-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-10-2011), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-09-2012), St Public Notif requested (MAR-09-2012), St Public Notif received (APR-13-2012)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - In SEP-2011, Contaminant: Chlorite. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-20-2011), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-25-2011), St Public Notif requested (OCT-25-2011), St Public Notif received (JAN-18-2012)
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In JAN-2009, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-19-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUN-07-2010)
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In DEC-2008, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-29-2008), St Public Notif requested (DEC-29-2008), St Boil Water Order (DEC-29-2008), St Public Notif received (FEB-05-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUN-07-2010)
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

58.4%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.4%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Creston in 2010:

  • 112 people in college/university student housing
  • 82 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 64 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 22 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

People in group quarters in Creston in 2000:

  • 124 people in nursing homes
  • 60 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Banks with branches in Creston (2011 data):

  • Iowa State Savings Bank: Detached Tellers Facility, - Southern B, at 401 West Adams Street. Info updated 2008/07/17: Bank assets: $189.5 mil, Deposits: $162.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Iowa Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • The First National Bank in Creston: Consumer Office at 801 West Taylor Street, branch established on 1988/07/05; The First National Bank In Creston at 101 West Adams Street, branch established on 1871/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $205.0 mil, Deposits: $176.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Northwest Financial Corp.
  • First Federal Savings Bank of Creston, F.S.B.: First Federal Savings Bank Of Creston, F.S.b. at 501 W. Taylor St., branch established on 1991/11/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $72.0 mil, Deposits: $64.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Whitmore Company, Inc.
  • Great Western Bank: Creston Branch at 103 West Taylor, branch established on 2002/04/08. Info updated 2010/06/08: Bank assets: $8,458.0 mil, Deposits: $6,362.5 mil, headquarters in Watertown, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 187 total offices, Holding Company: National Australia Bank Limited
  • State Savings Bank: at 602 Sheldon, branch established on 1915/01/01. Info updated 2011/10/07: Bank assets: $85.8 mil, Deposits: $77.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Bedford Bancorp, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Creston:

Marital status in Creston, IA
  • Never married: 29.5%
  • Now married: 47.7%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 13.7%

For population 25 years and over in Creston:

  • High school or higher: 93.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.5
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Creston
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Creston, IA (based on Union County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,93217
Catholic1,1572
Evangelical Protestant1,01512
Other1593
None7,271-
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
This county:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.23 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
This county:

9.87 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Union County:

26.4%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Union County:

16.1%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Creston:

49.0%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Creston:

45.4%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Creston:

28.7
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Creston:

26.0%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Creston:

11.1%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Creston:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.7%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
Here:

54.3%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Creston:

76.1%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Creston, 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
Police Protection - Officers 11$43,940$47,9350$0
Other Government Administration 10$15,418$18,5020$0
Streets and Highways 8$25,243$37,8650$0
Firefighters 5$18,678$44,8275$3,498
Sewerage 5$17,683$42,4390$0
Police - Other 4$13,698$41,0942$2,940
Other and Unallocable 3$10,292$41,1681$89
Local Libraries 2$5,343$32,0585$3,270
Parks and Recreation 1$4,225$50,7003$910
Financial Administration 1$3,594$43,1280$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 2$584
Totals for Government 50$158,114$37,94718$11,291

Creston government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $105,000 ($13.39)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $2,409,000 ($307.31)
    Police Protection: $991,000 ($126.42)
    Regular Highways: $923,000 ($117.74)
    Sewerage: $619,000 ($78.96)
    Solid Waste Management: $521,000 ($66.46)
    Local Fire Protection: $452,000 ($57.66)
    Financial Administration: $367,000 ($46.82)
    Parks and Recreation: $367,000 ($46.82)
    General - Other: $349,000 ($44.52)
    Air Transportation: $231,000 ($29.47)
    Libraries: $223,000 ($28.45)
    General Public Buildings: $102,000 ($13.01)
    Correctional Institutions: $78,000 ($9.95)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $76,000 ($9.70)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $53,000 ($6.76)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $45,000 ($5.74)
    Central Staff Services: $38,000 ($4.85)
    Health - Other: $10,000 ($1.28)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $174,000 ($22.20)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $78,000 ($9.95)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $470,000 ($59.96)
    Libraries: $30,000 ($3.83)
    Water Utilities: $21,000 ($2.68)
    Local Fire Protection: $19,000 ($2.42)
    Police Protection: $10,000 ($1.28)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($0.13)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,276,000 ($417.91)

Creston government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,354,000 ($172.73)
    Solid Waste Management: $607,000 ($77.43)
    Air Transportation: $130,000 ($16.58)
    Parks and Recreation: $38,000 ($4.85)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $30,000 ($3.83)
    Other: $21,000 ($2.68)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $381,000 ($48.60)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $197,000 ($25.13)
    Other: $134,000 ($17.09)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $680,000 ($86.75)
    Interest Earnings: $74,000 ($9.44)
    Rents: $56,000 ($7.14)
    Fines and Forfeits: $25,000 ($3.19)
    Sale of Property: $18,000 ($2.30)
    Special Assessments: $7,000 ($0.89)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,379,000 ($303.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $968,000 ($123.49)
    Other: $52,000 ($6.63)
  • Tax - Property: $3,381,000 ($431.31)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $890,000 ($113.53)
    Other Selective Sales: $150,000 ($19.14)
    Other License: $45,000 ($5.74)

Creston government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,347,000 ($554.54)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,544,000 ($452.10)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $814,000 ($103.84)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000 ($1.40)

Creston government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,498,000 ($1466.77)

5.43% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($36,316 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.43%
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 Polk County, IA  0.85% ($36,000 average AGI)
from Adair County, IA  0.61% ($26,517)
Businesses in Creston, IA
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1Nike2
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
FedEx1SAS Shoes1
Ford1Subway2
H&R Block1Super 81
Hardee's1True Value1
Jones New York1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1U.S. Cellular1
MasterBrand Cabinets3UPS2
Maurices1Walmart1
McDonald's1YMCA1
New Balance1

Strongest AM radio stations in Creston:

  • KSIB (1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; CRESTON, IA; Owner: G. O. RADIO, LTD.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KYFR (920 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KMA (960 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: KMA BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Creston:

  • KSIB-FM (101.3 FM; CRESTON, IA; Owner: G. O. RADIO, LIMITED)
  • K203DB (88.5 FM; CRESTON, IA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • W215AR (90.9 FM; CRESTON, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KJJC (107.1 FM; OSCEOLA, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KKRF (107.9 FM; STUART, IA; Owner: COON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Creston:

  • KHIN (Channel 36; RED OAK, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
Creston fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Creston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 35Number of bridges
  • 217ft / 66.4mTotal length
  • 26,956Total average daily traffic
  • 2,281Total average daily truck traffic
  • 26,956Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Creston, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41900-1909
  • 11940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 61980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Creston, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Creston)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 65 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Creston, IA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 46 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Creston)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Creston)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 13 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 39. The highest number of fire incidents - 65 took place in 2017, and the least - 0 in 2006. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Creston, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (42.6%), and Structure Fires (34.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Creston, IA
    • 26842.6%Outside Fires
    • 21834.7%Structure Fires
    • 12820.3%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 152.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Creston, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Creston, Iowa:

  • Super 8 Motel Creston, 804 W Taylor St, Creston, Iowa 50801 , Phone: (641) 782-6541, Fax: (641) 782-6541
  • Supertel Inn & Convention Center, 800 Laurel St, Creston, Iowa 50801 , Phone: (641) 782-7873, Fax: (641) 782-7876
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Creston, Iowa
Most common first names in Creston, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8582.4 years
John7876.8 years
Robert6174.3 years
William6078.0 years
Helen5979.1 years
Donald3971.3 years
Dorothy3980.7 years
George3880.8 years
Charles3776.3 years
Margaret3781.0 years
Most common last names in Creston, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller5776.8 years
Johnson3679.0 years
Smith3372.3 years
Wilson3082.7 years
Brown3077.7 years
White2682.4 years
Jackson2479.5 years
Jones2378.9 years
Thompson2180.6 years
Moore2168.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Creston, IA
  • 81.8%Utility gas
  • 16.6%Electricity
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Creston, IA
  • 59.8%Electricity
  • 35.3%Utility gas
  • 4.4%No fuel used
  • 0.5%Other fuel


Creston compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Creston on our top lists:

  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: production occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
There are 18 pilots and 7 other airmen in this city.
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