Dickens, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 183 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -9.4%
 
Males: 92  (50.8%)
Females: 91  (49.2%)
Median resident age:  36.7 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip codes: 51333.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $37,779 (it was $44,167 in 2000)
Dickens:

$37,779
IA:

$52,229

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $19,928 (it was $13,344 in 2000)

Dickens city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $45,941 (it was $30,700 in 2000)
Dickens:

$45,941
IA:

$126,900

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $46,152; Detached houses: $49,350; Mobile homes: $9,875

Median gross rent in 2013: $633.

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  • Races in Dickens, IA (2010)

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    • 18298.4%White alone
    • 21.1%Hispanic
    • 10.5%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Dickens: 83.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (32.6%), Danish (12.6%), English (12.0%), Irish (5.7%), Dutch (5.1%), Norwegian (4.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/7/1909

Elevation: 1330 feet

Land area: 0.84 square miles.

Population density: 218 people per square mile   (very low).

Dickens,IA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Dickens:

  • High school or higher: 86.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Dickens city:

  • Never married: 32.5%
  • Now married: 48.7%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 3.7%
  • Divorced: 11.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $521 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $366 (1.5%)

Dickens satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (82.4 miles , pop. 85,013).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (139.0 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (384.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Ruthven, IA (2.5 miles ), Spencer, IA (2.5 miles ), Gillett Grove, IA (2.8 miles) , Greenville, IA (3.2 miles) , Fostoria, IA (3.2 miles ), Ayrshire, IA (3.4 miles ), Rossie, IA (3.4 miles) , Terril, IA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 43.13 N, Longitude: 95.02 W

Area code: 712

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

3.8%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -13 (-6.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (31%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Wholesale trade (13%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (44%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Information (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (36%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Transportation occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (4%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (4%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (24%)
  • Production occupations (20%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (12%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

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

Average climate in Dickens, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Dickens-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 74% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.7 miles away from the Dickens city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 9/20/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 6.7 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Dickens-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 182.7 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 231.9 miles away from Dickens 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 197.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 186.8 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 179.2 miles away from Dickens center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 134.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Clay County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Dickens topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Dickens:

  • COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; SPENCER, IA)
  • SPENCER MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; SPENCER, IA)
  • RUTHVEN COMMUNITY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; RUTHVEN, IA)
  • LONGHOUSE-NORTHSHIRE, LTD (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; SPENCER, IA)
  • MILFORD NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; MILFORD, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dickens:

  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 21 miles; Estherville, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,311)
  • Buena Vista University (about 36 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 61 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 81 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 87 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)
  • South Central College (about 88 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 94 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)

Library in Dickens:

  • DICKENS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $12,622; Location: 210 MAIN ST; 4,745 books; 139 audio materials; 57 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 11 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Dickens: Dickens (A), West Bend Elevator Company Elevator (B), Dickens Fire and Rescue (C), Dickens Public Library (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 70.0. This is about average.

City:

70.0
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 34.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.5
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.73. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.73
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.8%
(15.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  72.2%
Whole state:  64.7%

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

No gay or lesbian households reported

Dickens compared to Iowa state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.5
Iowa average:

10.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (81%)
  • Electricity (18%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Dickens city (based on Clay County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,97619
Evangelical Protestant3,07913
Catholic2,4852
Other3302
None4,797-
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: 3
Clay County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Clay County:

5.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Here:

8.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Clay County:

28.5%
Iowa:

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

15.7%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 16$1,881
Parks and Recreation 0$0 2$316
Totals for Government 0$0 18$2,197

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $58,000 ($316.94)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($87.43)
    Water Utilities: $15,000 ($81.97)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($43.72)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($38.25)
    Libraries: $6,000 ($32.79)
    Parks & Recreation: $5,000 ($27.32)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($21.86)
    General Public Buildings: $4,000 ($21.86)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($16.39)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($16.39)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($5.46)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($27.32)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $3,000 ($16.39)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $11,000 ($60.11)
    Fire Protection: $8,000 ($43.72)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $14,000 ($76.50)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($43.72)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $31,000 ($169.40)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($27.32)
    Rents: $1,000 ($5.46)
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,000 ($5.46)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $24,000 ($131.15)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $17,000 ($92.90)
    General Support: $3,000 ($16.39)
  • Tax - Property: $29,000 ($158.47)
    Total General Sales: $23,000 ($125.68)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $108,000 ($590.16)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $11,000 ($60.11)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $102,000 ($557.38)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $17,000 ($92.90)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $251,000 ($1371.58)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $37,000 ($202.19)

5.90% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,534 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.90%
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 Dickinson County, IA  0.83% ($41,544 average AGI)
from Buena Vista County, IA  0.48% ($36,212)
from O'Brien County, IA  0.41% ($27,429)


6.15% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,927 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.15%
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 Dickinson County, IA  0.93% ($41,563 average AGI)
to Palo Alto County, IA  0.33% ($32,696)
to Polk County, IA  0.33% ($39,435)

Strongest AM radio stations in Dickens:

  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Dickens:

  • KLLT (104.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KICD-FM (107.7 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KUOO (103.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KOJI (90.7 FM; OKOBOJI, IA; Owner: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KUQQ (102.1 FM; MILFORD, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KJIA (88.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING INC)
  • K220HY (91.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)

TV broadcast stations around Dickens:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Edward G Roach, 301 S. 3rd St. (Ia12575-A) (Lat: 43.135278 Lon: -95.021639), Type: 59.4, Overall height: 58.2 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY NW
  • Edward G Roach, 301 S. 3rd St. (Ia12575-A) (Lat: 43.135278 Lon: -95.021639), Type: 59.4, Overall height: 58.2 m
    Registrant: 5619957670, Eroach@sbasite.Com, 5900 BROKEN SOUND PKWY NW

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KB0OIU, Licensee ID: L00901388
    Grant Date: 08/05/2004, Expiration Date: 08/05/2014
    Registrant: Wendell R King, 4230 280th Ave, Dickens, IA 51333
  • Call Sign: W0IWC, Licensee ID: L01305598
    Grant Date: 07/17/2007, Expiration Date: 10/15/2017, Certifier: August W Burdette
    Registrant: August W Burdette, D4285 280 Ave, Dickens, IA 51333-7502

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 150 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7853E , Serial Number: 17653, Year manufactured: 1959
    Registrant (Individual): Marion L Felton, Rr 1, Dickens, IA 51333

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
Most common first names in Dickens, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William574.6 years
John473.5 years
Edith382.3 years
Harold373.3 years
Charles378.7 years
Mildred381.7 years
Ruth377.3 years
Richard357.0 years
Floyd261.5 years
Emil278.0 years
Most common last names in Dickens, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Swart576.0 years
Taylor576.0 years
Crane470.5 years
Sorenson489.3 years
Oclair469.8 years
Gustin470.7 years
Arndt478.5 years
Johnson467.2 years
Jones369.0 years
Wilson381.3 years
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