Decorah, Iowa

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Population in 2019: 7,576 (98% urban, 2% rural).
Population change since 2000: -7.3%
 
Males: 3,637  (48.0%)
Females: 3,939  (52.0%)
Median resident age:

30.7 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip codes: 52101.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $63,539 (it was $37,485 in 2000)
Decorah:

$63,539
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $28,165 (it was $16,351 in 2000)

Decorah city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $203,947 (it was $97,100 in 2000)
Decorah:

$203,947
IA:

$158,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $224,007; detached houses: $223,806; townhouses or other attached units: $184,016; in 2-unit structures: $277,526; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $97,917; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $203,392

Median gross rent in 2019: $649.

March 2019 cost of living index in Decorah: 77.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 9.2%
(8.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 60.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.6% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Decorah, IA (2019)
    • 7,11791.4%White alone
    • 2282.9%Black alone
    • 1922.5%Hispanic
    • 1141.5%Asian alone
    • 400.5%Two or more races
    • 120.2%American Indian alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Decorah, Iowa as of October 21, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Decorah is 895 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Decorah by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(12.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(36.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(37.9)
3
(38.1)
0
(0.0)
4
(53.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
13
(160.0)
7
(86.8)
3
(37.9)
8
(101.6)
4
(51.3)
4
(49.0)
3
(36.8)
1
(12.3)
1
(12.4)
2
(25.3)
8
(101.7)
4
(50.7)
5
(66.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
21
(258.4)
11
(136.4)
1
(12.6)
13
(165.0)
7
(89.7)
10
(122.4)
3
(36.8)
9
(111.1)
5
(61.9)
5
(63.2)
3
(38.1)
6
(76.1)
2
(26.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
97
(1,194)
86
(1,066)
11
(139.0)
99
(1,257)
47
(602.6)
102
(1,248)
78
(957.2)
52
(641.7)
89
(1,102)
114
(1,440)
70
(890.1)
71
(900.7)
70
(929.7)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9
(110.7)
9
(111.6)
2
(25.3)
3
(38.1)
6
(76.9)
5
(61.2)
1
(12.3)
3
(37.0)
3
(37.1)
4
(50.5)
3
(38.1)
7
(88.8)
2
(26.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(12.3)
2
(24.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(25.4)
1
(13.3)
City-Data.com crime index116.578.516.085.257.173.278.738.953.8105.292.258.697.0

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Decorah, IA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 19 (11 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.46
Iowa average:

1.70
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Ancestries: Norwegian (26.3%), German (26.0%), Irish (8.4%), English (4.1%), European (4.1%), American (3.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/30/1857

Elevation: 900 feet

Land area: 6.41 square miles.

Population density: 1,183 people per square mile   (low).

Decorah, Iowa map

231 residents are foreign born (2.0% Asia, 0.7% Africa, 0.7% Europe).

This city:

3.0%
Iowa:

5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,910 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $3,300 (1.6%)

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 )

Latitude: 43.30 N, Longitude: 91.79 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,535 (+45.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,496 (80.3%)

Area code: 563

Distribution of median household income in Decorah, IA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Decorah, IA in 2019
Decorah satellite photo by USGS

Decorah tourist attractions:

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
  • 2013: 12 buildings, average cost: $319,800
  • 2014: 9 buildings, average cost: $299,200
  • 2015: 21 buildings, average cost: $279,300
  • 2016: 28 buildings, average cost: $275,000
  • 2017: 15 buildings, average cost: $275,500
  • 2018: 24 buildings, average cost: $293,500
  • 2019: 12 buildings, average cost: $373,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Decorah, IA residents
Average permit cost in Decorah, IA
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.6%
Iowa:

3.1%
Historical population in Decorah, IA
Historical housing units in Decorah, IA

Population change in the 1990s: +27 (+0.3%).
Most common industries in Decorah, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (35.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.0%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.7%)
  • Construction (3.7%)
  • Public administration (2.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (2.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (30.3%)
  • Construction (7.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.1%)
  • Public administration (4.4%)
  • Health care (3.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (40.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.2%)
  • Health care (9.1%)
  • Social assistance (3.6%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (2.9%)
  • Metal & metal products (2.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (2.4%)
Most common occupations in Decorah, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (3.9%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Carpenters (3.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (6.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.1%)

Average climate in Decorah, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 significantly above Iowa state average. It is 80% greater 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, 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 (4.2 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 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 392.6 miles away from Decorah center
On 2/10/2010 at 09:59:35, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 191.2 miles away from Decorah 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 (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 16, Storms: 14, Tornadoes: 8, Winds: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Decorah topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Decorah:

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

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:

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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)

Points of interest:

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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).

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.

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)
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)

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

For population 15 years and over in Decorah:

Marital status in Decorah, IA
  • Never married: 47.1%
  • Now married: 38.3%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

For population 25 years and over in Decorah:

  • High school or higher: 96.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 46.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 22.2%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.0
Iowa average:

10.3

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Decorah
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Decorah, IA (based on Winneshiek County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant10,30828
Catholic6,3076
Evangelical Protestant5007
Other592
None3,882-
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: 7
Winneshiek County:

3.35 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Winneshiek County:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

10.05 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

7.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.3%
Iowa:

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

12.7%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Decorah:

48.8%
Iowa:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.4%
Iowa:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

27.6
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Decorah:

17.4%
Iowa:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

9.0%
Iowa:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

31.4%
State:

33.8%

General health condition:
Decorah:

55.7%
State:

55.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

78.1%
Iowa:

77.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Decorah, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 13$62,693$57,8700$0
Police - Other 8$27,121$40,6820$0
Streets and Highways 8$31,839$47,7590$0
Parks and Recreation 6$24,145$48,29010$5,779
Water Supply 6$26,713$53,4260$0
Local Libraries 5$18,837$45,2099$15,467
Other Government Administration 4$25,230$75,6900$0
Sewerage 4$18,762$56,2860$0
Firefighters 3$20,991$83,9640$0
Other and Unallocable 1$3,423$41,0760$0
Totals for Government 58$259,753$53,74219$21,246

Decorah government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $235,000 ($31.02)
    Water Utilities: $119,000 ($15.71)
    Regular Highways: $22,000 ($2.90)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,331,000 ($307.68)
    Police Protection: $1,840,000 ($242.87)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,169,000 ($154.30)
    Sewerage: $919,000 ($121.30)
    Water Utilities: $744,000 ($98.20)
    Libraries: $741,000 ($97.81)
    Financial Administration: $621,000 ($81.97)
    General - Other: $605,000 ($79.86)
    Natural Resources - Other: $416,000 ($54.91)
    Local Fire Protection: $398,000 ($52.53)
    Air Transportation: $124,000 ($16.37)
    General Public Buildings: $97,000 ($12.80)
    Central Staff Services: $29,000 ($3.83)
    Housing and Community Development: $19,000 ($2.51)
    Public Welfare - Other: $15,000 ($1.98)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $152,000 ($20.06)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,480,000 ($459.35)

Decorah government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,089,000 ($143.74)
    Parks and Recreation: $516,000 ($68.11)
    Air Transportation: $65,000 ($8.58)
    Other: $20,000 ($2.64)
    Parking Facilities: $2,000 ($0.26)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $87,000 ($11.48)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $334,000 ($44.09)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $783,000 ($103.35)
    Sale of Property: $84,000 ($11.09)
    Interest Earnings: $45,000 ($5.94)
    Special Assessments: $44,000 ($5.81)
    Rents: $8,000 ($1.06)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $812,000 ($107.18)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,037,000 ($136.88)
    Other: $209,000 ($27.59)
  • Tax - Property: $4,565,000 ($602.56)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $990,000 ($130.68)
    Other Selective Sales: $448,000 ($59.13)
    Other License: $65,000 ($8.58)

Decorah government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,141,000 ($810.59)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,835,000 ($638.20)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,306,000 ($172.39)

Decorah government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,685,000 ($618.40)

4.62% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,796 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.62%
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 Allamakee County, IA  0.41% ($67,970 average AGI)
from Howard County, IA  0.36% ($38,379)
from Fayette County, IA  0.32% ($21,500)


4.99% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,847 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.99%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Allamakee County, IA  0.51% ($37,341 average AGI)
to Howard County, IA  0.41% ($34,061)
to Fayette County, IA  0.36% ($32,586)
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

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)
Decorah fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Decorah fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 72Number of bridges
  • 764ft / 233mTotal length
  • 89,234Total average daily traffic
  • 5,117Total average daily truck traffic
  • 77,514Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Decorah, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 51900-1909
  • 21910-1919
  • 31930-1939
  • 41940-1949
  • 61950-1959
  • 161960-1969
  • 91970-1979
  • 91980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 92000-2009
  • 52010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Decorah, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Decorah)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 116 (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: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 25 (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: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Decorah)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 26 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Decorah)

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 34. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 57 took place in 2009, and the least - 17 in 2015. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Decorah, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (43.0%), and Structure Fires (40.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Decorah, IA
    • 22243.0%Outside Fires
    • 20740.1%Structure Fires
    • 7614.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 112.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Decorah, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Decorah, Iowa:

  • Quality Inn & Suites, 705 Commerce Dr, Decorah, Iowa 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-2269, Fax: (563) 382-4767
  • Super 8, 810 Hwy 9 E, Decorah, Iowa 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-8771, Fax: (563) 382-1118
  • Hotel Winneshiek, 104 E Water St, Decorah, Iowa 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-4164, Fax: (563) 382-4189
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2041 State Hwy 9, Decorah, Iowa 52101 , Phone: (563) 382-8800, Fax: (563) 382-8802
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Decorah, Iowa
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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Decorah, IA
  • 88.7%Utility gas
  • 8.2%Electricity
  • 1.5%Other fuel
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Wood
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Decorah, IA
  • 55.8%Utility gas
  • 40.8%Electricity
  • 2.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Other fuel


Decorah compared to Iowa state average:

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

Decorah on our top lists:

  • #5 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people walking to work (population 5,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of burglaries per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #17 (52101) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Norwegian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
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