Fertile, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 364 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +1.1%
 
Males: 173  (47.5%)
Females: 191  (52.5%)
Median resident age:  50.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip codes: 50434.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,076 (it was $33,558 in 2000)
Fertile:

$44,076
IA:

$52,229

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $32,887 (it was $14,464 in 2000)

Fertile city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $86,063 (it was $51,100 in 2000)
Fertile:

$86,063
IA:

$126,900

Median gross rent in 2013: $595.

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  • Races in Fertile, IA (2010)

    Fertile races chart
    • 35094.6%White alone
    • 184.9%Hispanic
    • 10.3%Asian alone
    • 10.3%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Fertile: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (32.5%), Norwegian (20.4%), Irish (12.0%), English (4.8%), Dutch (3.1%), Swedish (3.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/10/1908

Elevation: 1170 feet

Land area: 0.94 square miles.

Population density: 387 people per square mile   (very low).

Fertile,IA real estate house value index trend

Fertile, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Fertile:

  • High school or higher: 87.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fertile city:

  • Never married: 12.4%
  • Now married: 69.7%
  • Separated: 4.6%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 7.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,098 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,143 (1.3%)

Fertile satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rochester, MN (70.9 miles , pop. 85,806).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (117.8 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (308.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Hanlontown, IA (1.5 miles ), Joice, IA (2.7 miles ), Clear Lake, IA (3.0 miles ), Ventura, IA (3.1 miles ), Miller, IA (3.3 miles) , Forest City, IA (3.3 miles ), Manly, IA (3.3 miles ), Leland, IA (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $90,000
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $100,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 43.26 N, Longitude: 93.42 W

Area code: 641

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

4.1%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -21 (-5.5%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (33%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Information (8%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Community and social service occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (31%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (15%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Fertile, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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

Tornado activity:

Fertile-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 90% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 24.5 miles away from the Fertile city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/30/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 12.9 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fertile-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 83% 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 210.6 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 306.3 miles away from Fertile center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 218.7 miles away from the city center
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 441.0 miles away from the city 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 278.9 miles away from Fertile 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 262.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Worth County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fertile topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Fertile:

  • OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE-EXECUTIVE COTTAGE (Hospital, about 9 miles away; CLEAR LAKE, IA)
  • WINNEBAGO COUNTY PHNS (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; FOREST CITY, IA)
  • MERCY HOME CARE - NORTH IOWA (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; MASON CITY, IA)
  • MERCY HEALTH SERVICES- IOWA CORP (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; MASON CITY, IA)
  • NORTH IOWA MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, about 11 miles away; MASON CITY, IA)
  • MANLY NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MANLY, IA)
  • AMERICANA HEALTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; MASON CITY, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fertile:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 17 miles; Mason City, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,235)
  • Riverland Community College (about 36 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 67 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 68 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)
  • South Central College (about 71 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 72 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 72 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)

Library in Fertile:

  • FERTILE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $33,905; Location: 204 W MAIN ST; 8,967 books; 428 audio materials; 905 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 46 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Fertile: Fertile Fire Department (A), Fertile Public Library (B), Fertile Community Center (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Fertile include: First Lutheran Church (A), Church of Christ (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Beaver Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Worth 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 39.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

39.6
U.S.:

74.2

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.136
U.S.:

1.929

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 10.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

9.1
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 1.2%
(1.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  75.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.1%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Fertile compared to Iowa state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Iowa average:

10.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (93%)
  • Electricity (4%)
  • Wood (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fertile city (based on Worth County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,52112
Evangelical Protestant6219
Catholic3901
None2,066-
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: 2
Worth County:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Worth County:

6.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Here:

9.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.2%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Worth County:

28.6%
Iowa:

27.3%
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
Financial Administration 0$0 2$1,021
Other Government Administration 0$0 12$413
Streets and Highways 0$0 2$1,100
Sewerage 0$0 2$2,041
Parks and Recreation 0$0 4$1,110
Water Supply 0$0 2$1,883
Local Libraries 0$0 4$2,603
Totals for Government 0$0 28$10,171

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

  • Current Operations - Parks & Recreation: $36,000 ($98.90)
    Regular Highways: $34,000 ($93.41)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($57.69)
    Solid Waste Management: $20,000 ($54.95)
    General - Other: $16,000 ($43.96)
    Water Utilities: $14,000 ($38.46)
    Libraries: $10,000 ($27.47)
    Fire Protection: $5,000 ($13.74)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($13.74)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($8.24)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($5.49)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($2.75)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $10,000 ($27.47)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $2,000 ($5.49)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $14,000 ($38.46)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $26,000 ($71.43)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $10,000 ($27.47)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $56,000 ($153.85)
    Solid Waste Management: $18,000 ($49.45)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $10,000 ($27.47)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($2.75)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $34,000 ($93.41)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $29,000 ($79.67)
  • Tax - Property: $30,000 ($82.42)
    Total General Sales: $14,000 ($38.46)
    Public Utilities: $4,000 ($10.99)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $207,000 ($568.68)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $200,000 ($549.45)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $199,000 ($546.70)
    Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $190,000 ($521.98)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $10,000 ($27.47)
    Water Utilities: $8,000 ($21.98)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $116,000 ($318.68)

5.68% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,756 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.68%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  1.95% ($36,136 average AGI)
from Winnebago County, IA  0.56% ($28,588)
from Mitchell County, IA  0.43% ($13,308)


6.11% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,704 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.11%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  2.14% ($28,877 average AGI)
to Winnebago County, IA  0.59% ($32,556)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fertile:

  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KRIB (1490 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KRNI (1010 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fertile:

  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KBDC (88.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • K214BA (90.7 FM; MASON CITY, ETC., IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KUNY (91.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KCMR (97.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: TLC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K223AB (92.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: GREAT COMM. COMMCNS. OF N. IOWA INC)
  • KYTC (102.7 FM; NORTHWOOD, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KCPI (94.9 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KSMA-FM (98.7 FM; OSAGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KQPR (96.1 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: HOMETOWN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZOW (91.9 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: WALDORF COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Fertile:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)
  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Fertile, 400 Block Of Highway 9 (Lat: 43.267278 Lon: -93.426694), Type: Tank, Structure height: 45 m, Call Sign: WPYC648
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.205 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/21/2003, Expiration Date: 07/21/2013, Certifier: David K Gentz
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Co, 1100 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: (515) 283-1100, Fax: (515) 244-6948, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: N0BMO, Licensee ID: L00392703
    Grant Date: 07/02/2004, Expiration Date: 07/08/2014, Certifier: Kevin D Bidne
    Registrant: Kevin D Bidne, 505 W Main St, Fertile, IA 50434

FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • Aircraft: TEAM AIRBIKE (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 503 DCDI (52 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 3504G , Serial Number: AB600, Year manufactured: 2007, Airworthiness Date: 01/05/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Brian A Ouverson, 24871 Eagle Ave, Fertile, IA 50434
  • Aircraft: RANS S-14 AIRAILE (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582DCDI (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 3504M , Serial Number: 1092048A, Year manufactured: 2007, Airworthiness Date: 01/05/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Brian A Ouverson, 24871 Eagle Ave, Fertile, IA 50434
  • Aircraft: KEENAN ROBERT A SONERAI II L (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: VOLKSWAGEN CONVERSION (36 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 441RP , Serial Number: 85K1160L, Year manufactured: 1985, Airworthiness Date: 04/29/2010
    Registrant (Individual): Brian A Ouverson, 24871 Eagle Ave, Fertile, IA 50434
  • Aircraft: WAIT PAUL/OUVERSON BRIAN A MINI IMP MODEL C (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 881MP , Serial Number: PW-1
    Registrant (Individual): Brian A Ouverson, 24871 Eagle Ave, Fertile, IA 50434

Most common first names in Fertile, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Harold582.6 years
Carl382.3 years
James372.7 years
Ruth377.0 years
Anna282.1 years
Edwin272.9 years
Helen283.6 years
Doris290.0 years
Alvina289.4 years
George270.5 years
Most common last names in Fertile, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Ouverson1479.7 years
Suby664.5 years
Purcell673.3 years
Sheimo577.7 years
Elthon571.0 years
Zobel480.8 years
Haugen475.7 years
Anderson371.0 years
Pederson379.4 years
Johnson383.7 years

Fertile on our top lists:

  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Child care workers"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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