Dawson, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 137 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.6%
Males: 68  (50.3%)
Females: 69  (49.7%)
Median resident age:  37.3 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip code: 50066

Estimated median household income in 2012: $36,216 (it was $38,750 in 2000)
Dawson:

$36,216
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,223 (it was $13,524 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $67,328 (it was $31,500 in 2000)
Dawson:

$67,328
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $63,905; Detached houses: $63,905

Median gross rent in 2012: $705.

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  • White alone - 118 (90.1%)
  • Two or more races - 6 (4.6%)
  • Hispanic - 6 (4.6%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.8%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Dawson: 87.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (26.2%), Irish (14.5%), English (6.4%), Norwegian (5.2%), United States (4.7%), French (4.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/25/1908

Elevation: 948 feet

Land area: 0.48 square miles.

Population density: 287 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Dawson:

  • High school or higher: 82.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 1.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Dawson city:

  • Never married: 14.1%
  • Now married: 73.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 1.1%
  • Divorced: 11.4%

30 residents are foreign born

This city:  17.9%
Iowa:  4.3%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Dawson, Iowa as of January 30, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Dawson to the number of sex offenders is 137 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $856 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $775 (1.6%)

Dawson satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (32.9 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (101.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (337.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Jamaica, IA (2.1 miles ), Perry, IA (2.5 miles ), Rippey, IA (2.5 miles ), Yale, IA (2.9 miles ), Berkley, IA (3.0 miles) , Bagley, IA (3.3 miles ), Bouton, IA (3.3 miles) , Minburn, IA (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 41.84 N, Longitude: 94.22 W

Area code: 515

Dawson household income distribution Dawson home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.0%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -20 (-11.4%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (45%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Wholesale trade (15%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (34%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (23%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (14%)
  • Construction laborers (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Life and physical scientists (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (18%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (18%)
  • Computer specialists (14%)
  • Registered nurses (9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)

Average climate in Dawson, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Dawson, Iowa average temperatures Dawson, Iowa average precipitation Dawson, Iowa humidity Dawson, Iowa wind speed Dawson, Iowa snowfall Dawson, Iowa sunshine Dawson, Iowa clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Dawson-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 107% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 19.1 miles away from the Dawson city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.3 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Dawson-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 80% 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 408.8 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 279.7 miles away from Dawson 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 247.5 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 309.2 miles away from the city 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 108.5 miles away from Dawson 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 394.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

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

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 6, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Dawson topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Dawson:

  • PERRY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 7 miles away; PERRY, IA)
  • PERRY LUTHERAN HOME (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; PERRY, IA)
  • PERRY HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; PERRY, IA)
  • ROWLEY MEMORIAL MASONIC HOME (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PERRY, IA)
  • CRAFT CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; PANORA, IA)
  • PANORA NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; PANORA, IA)
  • GREENE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER PUBLIC HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; JEFFERSON, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dawson:

  • Iowa State University (about 33 miles; Ames, IA; Full-time enrollment: 28,662)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 33 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 34 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 45 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Buena Vista University (about 75 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Western Community College (about 91 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; FT enrollment: 5,344)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area (about 98 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 12,236)

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Notable locations in Dawson: West Central Co-op Elevator (A), Cargill Incorporated Elevator (B), Dawson (C), Dawson Fire Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Dawson: United Methodist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Dallas 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
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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2002 was 28.3. This is significantly better than average.

City:

28.3
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 25.1. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 24.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.1
U.S.:

20.2

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

DAWSON WATER WORKS (Population served: 131, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JUN-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-14-2006), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-14-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-17-2007), St Public Notif received (AUG-03-2007)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 42.7%
(21.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  63.5%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  0.0%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Dawson compared to Iowa state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (57%)
  • Utility gas (22%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Other fuel (10%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Dawson city (based on Dallas County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 42.88%
Here: 42.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran Church
Adherents29.6%23.9%13.6%10.5%7.3%
Congregations7.7%24.6%9.2%9.2%6.2%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Church of the BrethrenGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesReformed Church in AmericaOther
Adherents2.9%2.2%1.7%1.5%6.8%
Congregations6.2%3.1%4.6%1.5%27.7%
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: 9
Dallas County:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 47
Dallas County:

8.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 45
Here:

7.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

6.5%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Dallas County:

28.0%
Iowa:

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

17.1%
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 2$310
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$194
Sewerage 0$0 1$442
Water Supply 0$0 2$130
Totals for Government 0$0 11$1,076

14.47% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($59,641 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.47%
Iowa average:

6.30%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($257 average AGI)
Dallas County:

0.05%
Iowa average:

0.10%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Polk County, IA  7.78% ($61,981 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.32% ($35,877)
from Guthrie County, IA  0.26% ($36,648)


9.99% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($52,069 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.99%
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 Polk County, IA  4.95% ($46,738 average AGI)
to Madison County, IA  0.29% ($73,911)
to Story County, IA  0.23% ($25,644)

Strongest AM radio stations in Dawson:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KDLS (1310 AM; 1 kW; PERRY, IA; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Dawson:

  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDLS-FM (105.5 FM; PERRY, IA; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KGRA (98.9 FM; JEFFERSON, IA; Owner: COON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKRF (107.9 FM; STUART, IA; Owner: COON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KFGQ-FM (99.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Dawson:

  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • 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)
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)
  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Janean K Riordan, 101 W. Raillroad Ave. (Lat: 41.842194 Lon: -94.226722), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 57.9 m
    Registrant: 5152587000, Jtroup@mcguirewoods.Com, 4135 NW URBANDALE DR
  • Janean K Riordan, 101 W. Raillroad Ave. (Lat: 41.842194 Lon: -94.226722), Type: 60.6, Overall height: 57.9 m
    Registrant: 5152587000, Jtroup@mcguirewoods.Com, 4135 NW URBANDALE DR

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 2 Mi S (Lat: 42.166917 Lon: -94.167750), Call Sign: KJB622, Licensee ID: L00520030
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.870 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/02/2002, Expiration Date: 04/02/2012, Cancellation Date: 06/02/2012
    Registrant: Merle Kading, 1610 150th St, Perry, IA 50220-9411
  • 1344 170th St (Lat: 41.796111 Lon: -94.217222), Call Sign: WQCB714
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.810 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/25/2005, Expiration Date: 01/25/2015, Certifier: Joe Heinz
    Registrant: Washington Radio Reports, 1588 Fairfield Rd Ste 7, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (717) 334-0668, Fax: (717) 334-6440

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: VANDER HEIDEN BENSEN B-8M (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 45 mph), Engine: AMA/EXPR UNKNOWN ENG (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 83979 , Serial Number: 1, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 12/30/1980
    Registrant (Individual): Charles D Heinz, 1918 E Ave, Dawson, IA 50066

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4
  • Hazardous Condition: 2
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