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Kossuth County

Population in 2012: 273 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -13.9%
 

Males: 133  (48.7%)
Females: 140  (51.3%)

Median resident age:  49.6 years
Iowa median age:  42.7 years

Zip codes: 50539.

Estimated median household income in 2011: $46,011 (it was $30,714 in 2000)
Fenton:

$46,011
Iowa:

$49,427
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $24,135

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $40,692 (it was $23,500 in 2000)
Fenton:

$40,692
Iowa:

$123,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $37,381; Detached houses: $37,381
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  • White alone - 275 (98.6%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.7%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.4%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.4%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fenton: 81.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (56.3%), Norwegian (17.3%), English (5.2%), Irish (3.9%), Swedish (3.7%), French (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/10/1903

Elevation: 1240 feet

Land area: 0.35 square miles.

Population density: 783 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Fenton:

  • High school or higher: 93.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fenton city:

  • Never married: 17.9%
  • Now married: 62.4%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 9.9%
  • Divorced: 9.1%

0 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.0%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Fenton, Iowa as of December 21, 2012.
The ratio of number of residents in Fenton to the number of sex offenders is 129 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $305 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $381 (0.9%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (91.7 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (133.9 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (356.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lone Rock, IA (2.3 miles) , Ringsted, IA (2.6 miles ), Burt, IA (3.2 miles ), Whittemore, IA (3.3 miles ), Cylinder, IA (3.3 miles) , Bancroft, IA (3.4 miles ), Armstrong, IA (3.6 miles ), Swea City, IA (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 43.22 N, Longitude: 94.43 W

Area code: 515

Fenton household income distribution Fenton home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.3%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -34 (-9.7%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Manufacturing (21%)
  • Wholesale trade (17%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Information (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (13%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (11%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (11%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Fenton-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 164% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/29/1964, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 19.2 miles away from the Fenton city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1979, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.2 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 34 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Kossuth County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Wind: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Fenton:

  • KOSSUTH REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER (Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Local, provides emergency services, about 16 miles away; ALGONA, IA)
  • PALO ALTO COUNTY HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, about 16 miles away; EMMETSBURG, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fenton:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 52 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,064)
  • Buena Vista University (about 57 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,241)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 68 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 12,138)
  • South Central College (about 69 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,118)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 80 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,501)
  • Iowa State University (about 92 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)
  • St. Olaf College (about 107 miles; Northfield, MN; FT enrollment: 3,028)

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Library in Fenton:

  • FENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $25,265; Location: 605 MAPLE ST; 7,316 books; 178 audio materials; 1,287 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 15 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Fenton: State Line Co-op Elevator (A), Sentral Area Ambulance (B), Fenton Volunteer Fire Department (C), Fenton Public Library (D), Fenton City Hall (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Fenton include: Saint John's Lutheran Church (A), United Methodist Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.8. This is about average.
City:

32.8
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

17.4
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.21. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.21
U.S.:

9.59

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

  • FENTON MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY (Address: PO BOX 200, Population served: 317, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 4.0%

Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  58.5%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  3.1%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Fenton, IA

Fenton 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 above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.


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Banks with branches in Fenton (2011 data):

  • West Iowa Bank: Fenton Branch at Maple Street, branch established on 1936/07/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $94.7 mil, Deposits: $81.4 mil, headquarters in West Bend, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: West Bend Bancorp.

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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (89%)
  • Electricity (8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Fenton (based on Kossuth County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 82.31%
Here82.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents41.7%17.8%13.8%12.9%5.0%
Congregations16.7%16.7%21.4%9.5%11.9%
NamePresbyterian Church in AmericaReformed Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristBaptist General ConferenceOther
Adherents1.8%1.7%1.4%0.9%3.0%
Congregations2.4%2.4%2.4%2.4%14.3%
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: 8
Kossuth County:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Kossuth County:

8.34 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
This county:

12.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Kossuth County:

26.9%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.4%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,246
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$162
Water Supply 1$2,520$30,2400$0
Local Libraries 0$0 1$573
Totals for Government 1$2,520$30,2403$1,981

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

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $274,000 ($1003.66)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $63,000 ($230.77)
    Fire Protection: $48,000 ($175.82)
    Solid Waste Management: $41,000 ($150.18)
    Libraries: $26,000 ($95.24)
    Parks & Recreation: $19,000 ($69.60)
    Regular Highways: $14,000 ($51.28)
    General - Other: $7,000 ($25.64)
    Health Services - Other: $6,000 ($21.98)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($18.32)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($10.99)
    General Public Buildings: $2,000 ($7.33)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($3.66)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $59,000 ($216.12)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $27,000 ($98.90)
    All Other: $7,000 ($25.64)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($7.33)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $17,000 ($62.27)
    Health & Hospitals: $2,000 ($7.33)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $8,000 ($29.30)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($25.64)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $51,000 ($186.81)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $25,000 ($91.58)
    General Support: $6,000 ($21.98)
    All Other: $2,000 ($7.33)
  • Tax - Property: $40,000 ($146.52)
    Total General Sales: $23,000 ($84.25)
    Public Utilities: $3,000 ($10.99)
    NEC: $1,000 ($3.66)

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

  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $260,000 ($952.38)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $98,000 ($358.97)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $157,000 ($575.09)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $5,000 ($18.32)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $223,000 ($816.85)

4.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,663 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.03%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Winnebago County, IA  0.21% ($23,538 average AGI)
from Hancock County, IA  0.19% ($28,083)
from Emmet County, IA  0.17% ($30,909)


6.01% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,563 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Polk County, IA  0.56% ($28,306 average AGI)
to Story County, IA  0.31% ($28,600)
to Humboldt County, IA  0.26% ($30,647)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fenton:

  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fenton:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Fenton:

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

Fenton fatal accident list:

Jun 11, 1996 05:05 PM, 15, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Jul 9, 1976 08:30 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1



FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • John J Einck, 3.5 Mi W 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 43.198611 Lon: -94.492778), Type: 91.0, Overall height: 89.9 m
    Registrant: 5635847374, Johneinck@alliantenergy.Com, 1000 MAIN STREET
  • 3.5 Mi W 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 43.198611 Lon: -94.492778), Type: 91.0, Overall height: 89.9 m
    Registrant: 3193984507, Dgoettsch@ies-Energy.Com, 200 1ST ST SE

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • 3.5 Mi W & 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 43.198583 Lon: -94.492750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 89 m, Overall height: 91 m, Call Sign: WPKX689
    Assigned Frequencies: 856.287 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/06/2012, Expiration Date: 09/10/2022, Certifier: Lawrence J Plotzke
    Registrant: Interstate Power And Light Company, 1000 Main St Suite 769, Dubuque, IA 52001-4723, Phone: (563) 584-7374, Fax: (563) 557-2259, Email:
  • 6 Mi S 3 Mi E & 1/2 Mi S (Lat: 43.120806 Lon: -94.362194), Call Sign: KNGF832, Licensee ID: L00642205
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.575 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/21/2003, Expiration Date: 04/08/2013
    Registrant: Herbert Hackbarth, 2406 50th Ave, Whittemore, IA 50598, Phone: (515) 925-3396
  • 3.5 Mi W & 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 43.198583 Lon: -94.492750), Structure height: 91 m, Call Sign: WNVF567
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.125 MHz, 451.375 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/01/2005, Expiration Date: 01/16/2016, Cancellation Date: 02/22/2013
    Registrant: Midamerican Energy Company, 106 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52801, Phone: (563) 333-8567, Fax: (563) 333-8558, Email:
  • Lat: 43.216083 Lon: -94.426083, Call Sign: WPSH772
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.985 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/01/2001, Expiration Date: 05/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 07/02/2011, Certifier: Signature On File
    Registrant: Alpha Wireless Communications, 706 N Grand Ave, Spencer, IA 51301, Phone: (712) 262-4001, Fax: (712) 262-4039

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • FENTON, 3.5 Mi W 1.5 Mi S (Lat: 43.198611 Lon: -94.492778), Type: Tower, Structure height: 89.9 m, Overall height: 91 m, Call Sign: WPYU561
    Assigned Frequencies: 928.031 MHz, 952.031 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/30/2003, Expiration Date: 10/30/2013, Certifier: Donald Goettsch
    Registrant: Interstate Power And Light Company, 1000 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-4700, Phone: (563) 584-7374, Fax: (563) 599-0780, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: W0IHP, Previous Call Sign: KB0VOZ, Licensee ID: L01546199
    Grant Date: 04/07/2010, Expiration Date: 03/11/2019
    Registrant: Richard M Stucki, 112 Pine Street, Fenton, IA 50539


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1


Most common first names in Fenton, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John876.0 years
Fred784.4 years
William775.1 years
Ernest575.6 years
Henry585.2 years
Anna588.2 years
Esther586.0 years
Clarence569.0 years
Arnold475.3 years
Florence482.0 years
Most common last names in Fenton, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bierstedt979.3 years
Mueller782.4 years
Meyer787.0 years
Weisbrod779.9 years
Berkland786.1 years
Hantelman681.6 years
Dreyer679.0 years
Bruhn675.5 years
Jentz681.0 years
Krause584.2 years

Fenton on our top lists:

  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Legal occupations:"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Healthcare support occupations:"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Used merchandise, gift, novelty, and souvenir, and other miscellaneous stores"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Petroleum and coal products"
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  • Dennis Bollig (1)

Total of 3 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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