Curlew, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 56 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -9.7%
 
Males: 30  (54.9%)
Females: 26  (45.1%)
Median resident age:  41.1 years
Iowa median age:  38.1 years

Zip code: 50527

Estimated median household income in 2015: $32,347 (it was $20,250 in 2000)
Curlew:

$32,347
IA:

$54,736

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $19,394 (it was $23,788 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $46,937 (it was $29,200 in 2000)
Curlew:

$46,937
IA:

$136,100

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $29,204; Detached houses: $29,450
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Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Curlew: 82.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: European (45.7%), German (37.1%), Irish (5.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/22/1902

Elevation: 1235 feet

Land area: 0.76 square miles.

Population density: 74 people per square mile   (very low).

Curlew, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Curlew:

  • High school or higher: 98.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Curlew city:

  • Never married: 14.0%
  • Now married: 62.2%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 10.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Curlew city:  0.7% ($199)
Iowa:  1.3% ($1,077)

Curlew satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (86.7 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (135.8 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (368.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Mallard, IA (2.0 miles ), Ayrshire, IA (2.5 miles ), Plover, IA (3.0 miles) , Emmetsburg, IA (3.1 miles ), Havelock, IA (3.2 miles) , Laurens, IA (3.3 miles ), Rodman, IA (3.3 miles) , Cylinder, IA (3.5 miles) .

Latitude: 42.98 N, Longitude: 94.74 W

Area code: 712

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

2.9%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +6 (+10.7%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Wholesale trade (36%)
  • Construction (23%)
  • Manufacturing (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (53%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (32%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (27%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (27%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (5%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (32%)
  • Production occupations (26%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (16%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (5%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)

Average climate in Curlew, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Curlew-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1979, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.2 miles away from the Curlew city center killed 3 people and injured 26 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 8/29/1964, a category F4 tornado 26.0 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Curlew-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa 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 196.8 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 249.0 miles away from Curlew 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 211.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 201.6 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 196.0 miles away from Curlew center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 146.1 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 Palo Alto County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Curlew topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Curlew:

  • EMMETSBURG CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; EMMETSBURG, IA)
  • PALO ALTO COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 10 miles away; EMMETSBURG, IA)
  • LAKESIDE LUTHERAN HOME (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; EMMETSBURG, IA)
  • LAURENS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; LAURENS, IA)
  • RUTHVEN COMMUNITY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; RUTHVEN, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Curlew:

  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 30 miles; Estherville, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,311)
  • Buena Vista University (about 34 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 44 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 83 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Iowa State University (about 87 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 89 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 89 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)

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Church in Curlew: First Baptist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Palo Alto 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 2013 was 59.4. This is better than average.

City:

59.4
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 32.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 17.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.0
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.10. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.10
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 12.7%
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  70.8%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.3%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

4.7
Iowa average:

10.3

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Curlew city (based on Palo Alto County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,00812
Catholic2,7987
Evangelical Protestant1,4449
Other--
None2,171-
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: 5
Palo Alto County:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Palo Alto County:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

9.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Palo Alto County:

27.3%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.7%
State:

14.5%
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$111
Totals for Government 0$0 7$111

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,000 ($35.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($35.71)
    Regular Highways: $2,000 ($35.71)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,000 ($17.86)
    Health Services - Other: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,000 ($71.43)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $5,000 ($89.29)
    General Support: $1,000 ($17.86)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $3,000 ($53.57)
    Property: $3,000 ($53.57)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $32,000 ($571.43)

5.66% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,288 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.66%
Iowa average:

5.75%

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 Clay County, IA  0.64% ($32,696 average AGI)
from Emmet County, IA  0.61% ($23,545)
from Polk County, IA  0.36% ($41,846)


6.00% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,665 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.00%
Iowa average:

5.94%

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 Clay County, IA  0.74% ($27,037 average AGI)
to Kossuth County, IA  0.52% ($48,474)
to Polk County, IA  0.33% ($29,333)

Strongest AM radio stations in Curlew:

  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • 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.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Curlew:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KLLT (104.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Curlew:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K47FZ (Channel 47; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)

Curlew fatal accident list:

Jun 30, 1989 10:39 AM, Grouse St, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • FARM, 4848 420th Avenue (Lat: 42.945389 Lon: -94.757361), Call Sign: WQQB221
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.790 MHzGrant Date: 10/11/2012, Expiration Date: 10/11/2022, Certifier: Duane MyerRegistrant: Electronic Specialties, Inc, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: (515) 295-7752, Fax: (515) 295-7238, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (56%)
  • Electricity (42%)

Curlew compared to Iowa state average:

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