Decorah, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 8,089 (98% urban, 2% rural). Population change since 2000: -1.0%
 
Males: 3,695  (45.7%)
Females: 4,394  (54.3%)
Median resident age:  29.6 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 52101.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $45,506 (it was $37,485 in 2000)
Decorah:

$45,506
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $21,920 (it was $16,351 in 2000)

Decorah city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $150,328 (it was $97,100 in 2000)
Decorah:

$150,328
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $156,703; Detached houses: $158,747; Townhouses or other attached units: $144,503; In 2-unit structures: $151,169; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $155,625; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $119,760

Median gross rent in 2012: $569.

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Decorah races chart
  • White alone - 7,612 (93.2%)
  • Hispanic - 226 (2.8%)
  • Black alone - 120 (1.5%)
  • Asian alone - 121 (1.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 35 (0.4%)
  • Two or more races - 14 (0.2%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Decorah: 81.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (29.5%), Norwegian (23.7%), Irish (10.2%), English (6.4%), Swedish (5.0%), Czech (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/30/1857

Elevation: 900 feet

Land area: 6.41 square miles.

Population density: 1,263 people per square mile   (low).

Decorah,IA real estate house value index trend

Decorah, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Decorah:

  • High school or higher: 93.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 37.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 16.1%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 9.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Decorah city:

  • Never married: 48.3%
  • Now married: 37.8%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 7.2%
  • Divorced: 6.0%

320 residents are foreign born (1.9% Asia, 0.7% Europe, 0.4% Africa).

This city:  3.9%
Iowa:  4.3%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 11 registered sex offenders living in Decorah, Iowa as of May 03, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Decorah to the number of sex offenders is 737 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 2012: $2,055 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,186 (1.5%)

Decorah satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: La Crosse, WI (45.1 miles , pop. 51,818).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (121.8 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (232.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Calmar, IA (3.0 miles ), Ridgeway, IA (3.2 miles ), Spillville, IA (3.3 miles ), Ossian, IA (3.3 miles ), Fort Atkinson, IA (3.6 miles ), Castalia, IA (3.8 miles) , Mabel, MN (3.9 miles ), Waukon, IA (4.0 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 11 buildings, average cost: $180,500
  • 1998: 25 buildings, average cost: $129,100
  • 1999: 9 buildings, average cost: $124,600
  • 2000: 21 buildings, average cost: $157,500
  • 2001: 15 buildings, average cost: $144,300
  • 2002: 12 buildings, average cost: $182,900
  • 2003: 10 buildings, average cost: $224,300
  • 2004: 21 buildings, average cost: $146,400
  • 2005: 19 buildings, average cost: $185,400
  • 2006: 13 buildings, average cost: $254,800
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $265,900
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $351,000
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $284,000
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $284,200
  • 2012: 9 buildings, average cost: $166,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 43.30 N, Longitude: 91.79 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,871 (+47.4%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,820 (86.4%)

Area code: 563

Decorah household income distribution Decorah home values distribution

Crime rates in Decorah by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 00000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 11211000103
per 100,000 12.212.224.512.312.30.00.00.012.80.036.8
Robberies 00000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Assaults 2012141013738443
per 100,000 243.9146.2171.8123.4160.086.837.9101.651.349.036.8
Burglaries 2610102021111137103
per 100,000 317.0121.8122.7246.9258.4136.412.6165.089.7122.436.8
Thefts 971089443978611994710278
per 100,000 1182.81315.61153.5530.71193.61066.2139.01256.8602.61248.5957.2
Auto thefts 90439923651
per 100,000 109.70.049.137.0110.7111.625.338.176.961.212.3
Arson 10001200000
per 100,000 12.20.00.00.012.324.80.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 296.0) 122.189.4100.667.9104.070.114.376.150.965.370.2

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Decorah detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 19 (12 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.47
Iowa average:

1.72

Decorah tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.2%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +27 (+0.3%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (30%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Educational services (41%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Postsecondary teachers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Work and jobs in Decorah: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Decorah, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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

Tornado activity:

Decorah-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 53% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 29.5 miles away from the Decorah city center killed 13 people and injured 462 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 tornado 31.4 miles away from the city center killed 5 people and injured 156 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Decorah-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 86% 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 392.6 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 266.0 miles away from Decorah center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 195.0 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 370.8 miles away from the city center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 162.5 miles away from Decorah center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 276.1 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 Winneshiek County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Decorah topographic map

Birthplace of: Philip E. Bernatz - Surgeon, Oswald Veblen - (1880-1960), mathematician, Chuck Gipp - Politician, Edward L. Garden - Politician, Jerry Reichow - Football player, John W. Beard - Politician, Mark Pinter - Soap opera actor.

Hospitals and medical centers in Decorah:

  • WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 901 MONTGOMERY STREET)
  • MAYO DIALYSIS CENTER - DECORAH (901 MONTGOMERY ST.)
  • WINNESHIEK COUNTY PHNS (305 MONTGOMERY STREET)
  • WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER HOME HEALTH (901 MONTGOMERY STREET)
  • AASE HAUGEN HOME (FOUR OHIO STREET)
  • WELLINGTON PLACE (2479 RIVER ROAD)

Airports and heliports located in Decorah:

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College/University in Decorah:

  • Luther College (Full-time enrollment: 2,700; Location: 700 College Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.luther.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Decorah:

  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 10 miles; Calmar, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,365)
  • Upper Iowa University (about 32 miles; Fayette, IA; FT enrollment: 5,275)
  • Viterbo University (about 45 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 2,848)
  • Western Technical College (about 45 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 3,377)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (about 46 miles; La Crosse, WI; FT enrollment: 9,837)
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (about 52 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 4,022)
  • Winona State University (about 53 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 8,397)

Public high school in Decorah:

Public elementary/middle schools in Decorah:

Private elementary/middle school in Decorah:

  • ST BENEDICT SCHOOL (Students: 190; Location: 402 RURAL AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
See full list of schools located in Decorah

Library in Decorah:

  • DECORAH PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $530,907; Location: 202 WINNEBAGO ST; 62,002 books; 3,813 audio materials; 3,711 video materials; 25 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 206 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Decorah: Winneshiek County Fairground (A), Trout Run Access Area (B), Centrum Plaza (C), Decorah City Campground (D), Nor-ski Runs (E), Winneshiek County Jail (F), Decorah Public Library (G), Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (H), Versterheim Norwegian-American Museum Library (I), Porter House Museum (J), Winneshiek County Law Library (K), Decorah Police Department (L), Winneshiek County Sheriffs Office (M), Brandt Hall (N), Campus House (O), Centennial Union (P), Center for Faith and Life (Q), Farwell Hall (R), Gjerset House (S), Jenson Hall of Music (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Decorah include: Lutheran Cemetery (A), Congregational United Church of Christ (B), United Methodist Church (C), Grace Episcopal Church (D), First Lutheran Church (E), Saint Benedicts Catholic Church (F), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (G), Grace Fellowship Church (H), Decorah Covenant Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Phelps Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dry Run (A), Trout Run (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Decorah include: Luther College Tennis Courts (1), Wulfsberg Tennis Courts (2), Miller Park (3), Nordhem Park (4), Dunnings Spring Park (5), Carl Selland Park (6), Will Baker Park (7), Campsite Park (8), Wold Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Imaginarium Inc (Museums; 410 Decorah Avenue), Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum (3603 236th Avenue), Hawkeye Stages - General Office & Garage (Tours & Charters; 703 Dudley Street), Winneshiek County Convention & Visitor's Bureau (Tours & Charters; 300 1/2 West Water Street).

Hotels: Country Inn-Stes Decorah (1202 Highway 9 West), Heartland Inn - Decorah (705 Commerce Drive), Super 8 Motel (Highway 9 East), Bluffs Inn (1101 Highway 9 West), Super 8 Decorah IA (810 Highway 9 East), Hotel Winneshiek (104 East Water Street).

Courts: Iowa State - Winneshiek County- Magistrate's & Small Claims Court (201 West Main Street), Iowa State - Juvenile Court Services- West Union (Po Box 376), Iowa State - Decorah- Juvenile Court Services- Waukon Courthouse (1111 Paine Street), Winnishiek County Clerk Of Court (201 West Main Street).

Winneshiek 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 Decorah and their reported violations in the past:

DECORAH WATER DEPARTMENT (Population served: 8,127, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
THE COUNTRY EXPRESS (Address: 3480 US HWY 52 , Population served: 515, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
WASHINGTON PRAIRIE LUTHERAN CHURCH (Address: 1725 WASHINGTON PRAIRIE RD , Population served: 124, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
SILVERCREST GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, INC. (Population served: 88, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
WINDRIDGE IMPLEMENTS L.L.C. (Population served: 45, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-21-2008), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-21-2008), St Public Notif received (JUN-02-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAR-17-2009)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-14-2006), St Public Notif requested (SEP-18-2006), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-18-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUN-25-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between JAN-2008 and APR-2008, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-25-2008), St Public Notif requested (APR-25-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAY-21-2008)
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
PINE BLUFF 4H CAMP (Address: 2672 RIVER RD , Population served: 41, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
DEERFIELD HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION (Address: 2273 PRAIRIE VIEW RD , Population served: 31, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (OCT-18-2006), St Public Notif requested (OCT-18-2006), St BCA signed (NOV-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-04-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-07-2006), St Public Notif requested (SEP-07-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-10-2006), St BCA signed (NOV-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-04-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-16-2006), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-16-2006), St Public Notif received (AUG-18-2006), St BCA signed (NOV-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-04-2007)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In AUG-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-21-2006), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-21-2006), St BCA signed (NOV-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-04-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-02-2006), St Public Notif requested (AUG-07-2006), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-07-2006), St BCA signed (NOV-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-04-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In OCT-2013, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-17-2013), St Public Notif requested (DEC-17-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-26-2013), St Public Notif received (APR-02-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2011 and DEC-2011, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-30-2012), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-30-2012), St Public Notif received (APR-18-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAR-25-2013)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between OCT-2006 and NOV-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-28-2006), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-28-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-26-2006)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between OCT-2006 and NOV-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-28-2006), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-28-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-26-2006)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-26-2006)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • One other older monitoring violation
PINTERS GARDEN CENTER & PUMPKIN PATCH (Address: 2475 HWY 9 , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-22-2011), St Public Notif requested (JUN-29-2011), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-29-2011), St Public Notif received (JUL-13-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUL-20-2011)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Decorah that have no violations reported:

  • FREEPORT WATER DISTRICT (Address: 1671 OAK TERRACE RD , Population served: 618, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PULPIT ROCK CAMP GROUNDS (Population served: 112, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MCCAFFREYS DOLCE VITA (Address: 2138 TWIN SPRINGS RD , Population served: 52, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TWIN SPRINGS CAMP AREA (Population served: 32, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.1%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 35.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 86.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  53.5%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.6%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

People in group quarters in Decorah in 2010:

  • 2,020 people in college/university student housing
  • 130 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 13 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 5 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Decorah in 2000:

  • 1,941 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 202 people in nursing homes
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 7 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Decorah, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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Decorah compared to Iowa state average:

  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with branches in Decorah (2011 data):

  • Decorah Bank & Trust Company: at 202 East Water Street, branch established on 1935/06/10; Decorah Branch at 1006 Division Street, branch established on 1990/01/15. Info updated 2007/11/20: Bank assets: $338.4 mil, Deposits: $274.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Security Agency, Inc.
  • Bank of the West: Decorah Branch at 120 West Water Street, branch established on 1906/01/01; Decorah Drive Up Branch at 405 Heivly Street, branch established on 1965/02/05. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • Waukon State Bank: Decorah Branch at 321 West Water Street, branch established on 1996/02/20; Viking State Bank & Trust Brach Bran at 1801 Old Stage Road, branch established on 2008/06/30. Info updated 2012/01/19: Bank assets: $119.8 mil, Deposits: $102.7 mil, headquarters in Waukon, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Wfc, Inc.
  • Northeast Security Bank: Main Street Branch at 106 East Main Street, branch established on 1891/01/01. Info updated 2008/04/04: Bank assets: $119.3 mil, Deposits: $95.5 mil, headquarters in Sumner, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Independence Bancshares, Inc.
  • Fidelity Bank & Trust: Decorah Branch at 801 Mechanic Street, branch established on 2006/09/05. Info updated 2011/07/27: Bank assets: $560.1 mil, Deposits: $452.8 mil, headquarters in Dubuque, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Fidelity Company
  • Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank: Wal-Mart Branch at 1798 Old Stage Road, branch established on 2004/01/28. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $136.2 mil, Deposits: $117.1 mil, headquarters in Waukon, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 2 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Decorah, Iowa:

  • Quality Inn & Suites, 705 Commerce Dr, Decorah, IA 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-2269, Fax: (563) 382-4767
  • Super 8, 810 Hwy 9 E, Decorah, IA 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-8771, Fax: (563) 382-1118
  • Country Inn Of Decorah, 1202 Hwy 9 W, Decorah, IA 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-9646, Fax: (563) 382-9646
  • Hotel Winneshiek, 104 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-4164, Fax: (563) 382-4189
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Decorah, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Electricity (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Decorah city (based on Winneshiek County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 92.83%
Here: 92.8%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchFriends (Quakers)Baptist General Conference
Adherents48.5%42.8%4.5%1.1%0.8%
Congregations46.5%20.9%9.3%7.0%2.3%
NameUnited Church of ChristAssemblies of God The Evangelical Covenant ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents0.5%0.5%0.4%0.4%0.5%
Congregations2.3%2.3%2.3%2.3%4.7%
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: 7
Winneshiek County:

3.35 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Winneshiek County:

5.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Here:

10.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Winneshiek County:

27.3%
Iowa:

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

12.7%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$8,784$52,7040$0
Other Government Administration 1$7,281$87,3720$0
Police Protection - Officers 12$51,593$51,5930$0
Police - Other 7$21,277$36,4751$2,387
Fire - Other 3$4,886$19,5440$0
Streets and Highways 8$30,710$46,0650$0
Sewerage 4$15,750$47,2500$0
Parks and Recreation 5$17,535$42,0845$1,680
Water Supply 6$22,231$44,4620$0
Local Libraries 4$13,177$39,53113$17,628
Other and Unallocable 2$4,978$29,8680$0
Totals for Government 54$198,202$44,04519$21,695

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $314,000 ($38.82)
    Water Utilities: $204,000 ($25.22)
    Parks & Recreation: $142,000 ($17.55)
    Sewerage: $107,000 ($13.23)
    Welfare - Other: $16,000 ($1.98)
    Health - Other: $9,000 ($1.11)
    Air Transportation: $3,000 ($0.37)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $939,000 ($116.08)
    Regular Highways: $668,000 ($82.58)
    Parks & Recreation: $625,000 ($77.27)
    Sewerage: $462,000 ($57.11)
    Water Utilities: $461,000 ($56.99)
    Libraries: $361,000 ($44.63)
    General - Other: $295,000 ($36.47)
    Fire Protection: $189,000 ($23.37)
    Air Transportation: $86,000 ($10.63)
    Financial Administration: $63,000 ($7.79)
    Central Staff Services: $61,000 ($7.54)
    General Public Buildings: $54,000 ($6.68)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $32,000 ($3.96)
    Welfare - Other: $13,000 ($1.61)
    Health Services - Other: $7,000 ($0.87)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $88,000 ($10.88)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Libraries: $67,000 ($8.28)
    Parks & Recreation: $58,000 ($7.17)
    Regular Highways: $33,000 ($4.08)
    Police Protection: $20,000 ($2.47)
    Sewerage: $14,000 ($1.73)
    Fire Protection: $12,000 ($1.48)
    General Public Building: $3,000 ($0.37)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($0.25)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,021,000 ($249.85)

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

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $18,000 ($2.23)
  • Charges - Sewerage: $739,000 ($91.36)
    Parks & Recreation: $327,000 ($40.43)
    All Other: $35,000 ($4.33)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($0.74)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,000 ($0.12)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $129,000 ($15.95)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $185,000 ($22.87)
    Interest Earnings: $154,000 ($19.04)
    Special Assessments: $88,000 ($10.88)
    Rents: $12,000 ($1.48)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $493,000 ($60.95)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $655,000 ($80.97)
    All Other: $245,000 ($30.29)
    General Support: $183,000 ($22.62)
  • Tax - Property: $2,282,000 ($282.11)
    Total General Sales: $623,000 ($77.02)
    Other Selective Sales: $199,000 ($24.60)
    Public Utilities: $43,000 ($5.32)
    NEC: $40,000 ($4.94)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,892,000 ($233.90)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,154,000 ($142.66)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $45,000 ($5.56)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $693,000 ($85.67)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,645,000 ($574.24)

4.50% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,869 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.50%
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 Allamakee County, IA  0.55% ($25,455 average AGI)
from Howard County, IA  0.30% ($26,292)
from Fayette County, IA  0.26% ($21,048)


4.89% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,192 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.89%
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 Allamakee County, IA  0.35% ($30,929 average AGI)
to Fayette County, IA  0.35% ($27,000)
to Howard County, IA  0.30% ($31,333)

Strongest AM radio stations in Decorah:

  • KWLC (1240 AM; 1 kW; DECORAH, IA; Owner: LUTHER COLLEGE)
  • KDEC (1240 AM; 1 kW; DECORAH, IA; Owner: DECORAH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNEI (1140 AM; 2 kW; WAUKON, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKTY (580 AM; 5 kW; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KOLM (1520 AM; 10 kW; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: OLMSTED COUNTY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Decorah:

  • KDEC-FM (100.5 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: DECORAH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLCD (89.5 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO INC)
  • KVIK (104.7 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • K268AF (101.5 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: FAITH SOUND, INC.)
  • K257CI (99.3 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: MARATHON MEDIA GROUP, L.L.C.)
  • KLNI (88.7 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KNEI-FM (103.5 FM; WAUKON, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KROC-FM (106.9 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WHLA (90.3 FM; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • KQYB (98.3 FM; SPRING GROVE, MN; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WLSU (88.9 FM; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: BD.OF REGENTS, UNIV.OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM)
  • KQEG (102.7 FM; LA CRESCENT, MN; Owner: WHITE EAGLE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXLC (91.1 FM; LA CRESCENT, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KCLH (94.7 FM; CALEDONIA, MN; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • KCZQ (102.3 FM; CRESCO, IA; Owner: MEGA MEDIA, LTD.)
  • KPVL (89.1 FM; POSTVILLE, IA; Owner: POSTVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)

TV broadcast stations around Decorah:

  • K14AF (Channel 14; DECORAH, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • WXOW-TV (Channel 19; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: WXOW-WQOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KSMQ-TV (Channel 15; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #492)
  • K41AD (Channel 41; LANSING, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Decorah, Iowa:
  • Fatal accident count: 13
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 24
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 7
  • Fatalities: 14
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 46
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0
Iowa average:
  • Fatal accident count: 80
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 123
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 25
  • Fatalities: 86
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 199
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 8
See more detailed statistics of Decorah fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Decorah)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 69 (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 Decorah, IA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 13 (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: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Decorah)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 14 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Decorah)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 35
  • Hazardous Condition: 7
  • Good Intent Call: 2

Incident types - Decorah

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Decorah, IA
Most common first names in Decorah, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7179.5 years
William4980.4 years
Henry4979.0 years
Robert4572.2 years
Mary4484.6 years
George4276.8 years
Anna3985.8 years
Clara3886.0 years
Helen3884.1 years
Carl3681.6 years
Most common last names in Decorah, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson6680.0 years
Anderson4281.1 years
Olson3977.5 years
Peterson3980.7 years
Haugen3780.9 years
Nelson3477.2 years
Hanson3377.2 years
Larson3382.0 years
Erickson3182.3 years
Barth2879.4 years
Businesses in Decorah, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Nike5
Ashley Furniture1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Curves1RadioShack1
Decora Cabinetry2SAS Shoes1
FedEx1Sears1
Ford1Slumberland1
Goodwill2Subway2
H&R Block1Super 81
JCPenney1True Value1
La-Z-Boy2U-Haul1
Lane Furniture2U.S. Cellular2
MasterBrand Cabinets6UPS4
Maurices1Vans1
McDonald's2Walmart1

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