Fort Dodge, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 24,305 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: -3.3%
 
Males: 12,447  (51.2%)
Females: 11,858  (48.8%)
Median resident age:

37.6 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50501.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $49,506 (it was $33,361 in 2000)
Fort Dodge:

$49,506
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,267 (it was $18,018 in 2000)

Fort Dodge city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $116,229 (it was $64,000 in 2000)
Fort Dodge:

$116,229
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $133,610; detached houses: $136,705; townhouses or other attached units: $154,150; in 2-unit structures: $107,569; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $90,686; mobile homes: $27,676

Median gross rent in 2017: $636.

March 2019 cost of living index in Fort Dodge: 76.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 18.0%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 53.1% for Black residents, 45.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.2% for American Indian residents, 65.3% for other race residents, 39.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Fort Dodge, IA (2017)
    • 21,04984.4%White alone
    • 1,5546.2%Black alone
    • 1,4195.7%Hispanic
    • 4902.0%Asian alone
    • 3001.2%Two or more races
    • 720.3%American Indian alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 91 registered sex offenders living in Fort Dodge, Iowa as of June 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Fort Dodge is 273 to 1.


Crime rates in Fort Dodge by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
2
(7.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.9)
1
(4.0)
3
(12.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.1)
1
(4.1)
1
(4.1)
1
(4.1)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
17
(65.8)
11
(42.9)
8
(31.6)
7
(27.9)
0
(0.0)
3
(11.9)
14
(55.3)
23
(91.7)
15
(60.9)
13
(53.0)
15
(61.3)
19
(77.4)
22
(90.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
15
(58.1)
28
(109.3)
34
(134.2)
26
(103.6)
37
(147.7)
23
(91.3)
17
(67.1)
18
(71.8)
13
(52.8)
14
(57.1)
28
(114.4)
22
(89.6)
18
(74.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
117
(453.0)
99
(386.3)
115
(454.0)
138
(549.8)
157
(626.5)
53
(210.3)
106
(418.3)
93
(370.8)
129
(523.7)
140
(570.9)
146
(596.7)
102
(415.4)
110
(452.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
375
(1,452)
469
(1,830)
333
(1,315)
386
(1,538)
351
(1,401)
380
(1,508)
232
(915.6)
207
(825.4)
141
(572.4)
187
(762.5)
165
(674.4)
96
(390.9)
137
(563.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,221
(4,728)
1,333
(5,201)
1,089
(4,299)
1,044
(4,159)
862
(3,440)
835
(3,313)
834
(3,291)
902
(3,597)
881
(3,577)
986
(4,021)
958
(3,915)
840
(3,421)
880
(3,617)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
122
(472.4)
111
(433.1)
133
(525.1)
99
(394.4)
85
(339.2)
55
(218.2)
69
(272.3)
58
(231.3)
84
(341.0)
48
(195.7)
51
(208.4)
43
(175.1)
58
(238.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
18
(69.7)
14
(54.6)
19
(75.0)
8
(31.9)
13
(51.9)
17
(67.4)
16
(63.1)
10
(39.9)
12
(48.7)
11
(44.9)
8
(32.7)
8
(32.6)
15
(61.6)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)504.7515.2470.2476.9456.3334.5373.4389.2379.7411.7431.4358.2396.3

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City-data.com crime index in Fort Dodge, IA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 43 (40 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.65
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (29.2%), American (9.1%), Norwegian (8.4%), Irish (7.7%), English (4.1%), Swedish (3.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/26/1869

Land area: 14.6 square miles.

Population density: 1,669 people per square mile   (low).

Fort Dodge, Iowa map

1,032 residents are foreign born (1.5% Latin America, 0.8% Asia).

This city:

4.1%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,859 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,610 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (43.5 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (127.8 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (336.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Coalville, IA (2.3 miles ),
Otho, IA (2.4 miles ),
Moorland, IA (2.7 miles),
Badger, IA (2.8 miles ),
Barnum, IA (3.1 miles),
Duncombe, IA (3.1 miles ),
Clare, IA (3.2 miles),
Vincent, IA (3.2 miles)

Latitude: 42.51 N, Longitude: 94.18 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Mineral City

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,538 (+14.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,393 (78.5%)

Area code: 515

Distribution of median household income in Fort Dodge, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Fort Dodge, IA in 2017
Fort Dodge satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 15 buildings, average cost: $122,000
  • 1998: 29 buildings, average cost: $123,800
  • 1999: 26 buildings, average cost: $121,900
  • 2000: 30 buildings, average cost: $148,400
  • 2001: 34 buildings, average cost: $139,300
  • 2002: 22 buildings, average cost: $161,800
  • 2003: 19 buildings, average cost: $158,500
  • 2004: 21 buildings, average cost: $143,400
  • 2005: 36 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2006: 15 buildings, average cost: $108,700
  • 2007: 15 buildings, average cost: $141,700
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $129,700
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $131,900
  • 2010: 9 buildings, average cost: $123,800
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $140,000
  • 2012: 26 buildings, average cost: $191,500
  • 2013: 20 buildings, average cost: $145,800
  • 2014: 5 buildings, average cost: $229,900
  • 2015: 3 buildings, average cost: $234,000
  • 2016: 3 buildings, average cost: $511,700
  • 2017: 8 buildings, average cost: $243,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Fort Dodge, IA residents
Average permit cost in Fort Dodge, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.3%
Iowa:

2.8%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Fort Dodge, IA
Historical housing units in Fort Dodge, IA
Most common industries in Fort Dodge, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.1%)
  • Educational services (8.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.6%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
  • Construction (4.0%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (3.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (7.4%)
  • Educational services (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Health care (4.9%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4.5%)
  • Truck transportation (4.4%)
  • Public administration (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.4%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.3%)
  • Social assistance (5.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.3%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Fort Dodge, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.5%)
  • Registered nurses (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)

Average climate in Fort Dodge, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Fort Dodge-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 107% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/8/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 0.9 miles away from the Fort Dodge city center .

On 5/4/1977, a category F4 tornado 2.2 miles away from the city center injured 14 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fort Dodge-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 80% 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 237.4 miles away from Fort Dodge center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 288.2 miles away from Fort Dodge 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 240.6 miles away from Fort Dodge 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 433.7 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 242.9 miles away from Fort Dodge 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 417.0 miles away from Fort Dodge 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 Webster County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 5, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Dodge topographic map

Main business address for: SMITHWAY MOTOR XPRESS CORP (TRUCKING (NO LOCAL)), NORTH CENTRAL BANCSHARES INC (SAVINGS INSTITUTION, FEDERALLY CHARTERED).

Hospitals in Fort Dodge:

  • HOSPICE OF FORT DODGE (802 SOUTH KENYON ROAD)
  • NORTHWOODS LIVING (1470 21ST AVENUR NORTH)
  • TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 802 KENYON RD)

Nursing Homes in Fort Dodge:

  • FORT DODGE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION (728 14TH AVENUE NORTH)
  • FRIENDSHIP HAVEN, INC (420 SOUTH KENYON ROAD)
  • GREENLEAF (1305 NORTH 22ND STREET)
  • MARIAN HOME (2400 SIXTH AVENUE NORTH)
  • QHC FORT DODGE VILLA , LLC (2721 10TH AVENUE NORTH)
  • TRINITY REGIONAL HOSPITAL (802 SOUTH KENYON ROAD)

Dialysis Facilities in Fort Dodge:

  • RENAL CENTER OF FORT DODGE LLC (821 S 25TH ST)

Home Health Centers in Fort Dodge:

  • IOWA HOME CARE, LLC (216 SOUTH 8TH STREET)
  • TRINITY HOME CARE (802 KENYON ROAD)
  • WEBSTER COUNTY PHNS (330 FIRST AVENUE NORTH)

Airports and heliports located in Fort Dodge:

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Colleges/Universities in Fort Dodge:

  • Iowa Central Community College (Full-time enrollment: 4,682; Location: One Triton Circle; Public; Website: www.iowacentral.edu)
  • La James International College-Ft Dodge (Full-time enrollment: 120; Location: 2419 5th Avenue South; Private, for-profit; Website: www.lajamesinternational.com)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Fort Dodge:

  • Iowa State University (about 43 miles; Ames, IA; Full-time enrollment: 28,662)
  • Buena Vista University (about 54 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 63 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 69 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 70 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 71 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 88 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)

Public high school in Fort Dodge:

Private high schools in Fort Dodge:

Public elementary/middle schools in Fort Dodge:

Private elementary/middle school in Fort Dodge:

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Library in Fort Dodge:

  • FORT DODGE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $698,378; Location: 424 CENTRAL AVE; 83,458 books; 2,045 e-books; 4,143 audio materials; 5,435 video materials; 5 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 200 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • For 51 years until his death in 1971, Home of Karl L King, composer , circus musician and conductor of Fort Dodge Municipal Band. I think Library has a museum to King.
  • New private high school: Saint Edmond High School added by kas
  • Add: private high school--St. Edmond High School 501 N 22nd Street 320 students (9-12th grades Modify: there is no longer a Corpus Christi elementary school Add: St. Edmond Elementary & Middle School 501 N 22nd Street
  • St. Edmond Catholic High School Houses Preschool-Grade 12

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Fort Dodge: John Pray Water Treatment Plant (A), Fort Dodge Country Club (B), Fort Dodge (C), Fort Museum and Frontier Village (D), Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course (E), Webster County Jail (F), Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (G), Webster County Courthouse (H), Curious Kids' Museum (I), Blanden Memorial Art Museum Library (J), Blanden Memorial Art Museum (K), Webster County Law Enforcement Center (L), Fort Dodge Public Library (M), Fort Dodge Police Department (N), Fort Dodge Fire Department (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Crossroads Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in Fort Dodge include: SMITHWAY MOTOR XPRESS CORP (A), NORTH CENTRAL BANCSHARES INC (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Fort Dodge include: Word of Life Chapel (A), Christian Science Church (B), Trinity Lutheran Church (C), Triumphant Church (D), Full Gospel Lighthouse Church (E), Riverside United Methodist Church (F), First Assembly of God Church (G), Church of Christ West Side (H), Apostolic Church of Deliverance (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakland Cemetery (1), C C Carpenter Cemetery (2), Saint Olafs Cemetery (3), Saint Paul Cemetery (4), Corpus Christi Cemetery (5), Memorial Park Cemetery (6), North Lawn Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Deer Creek (A), Soldier Creek (B), Lizard Creek (C), Elkhorn Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Fort Dodge include: Snell-Crawford Park (1), Hydro Electric Park (2), Knollcrest Park (3), Reynolds Park (4), RD Mitchell Park (5), Veterans Memorial Park (6), Haskell Park (7), City Square Park (8), Linwood Hanson Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Fort Dodge Historical Foundation & Trading Post (Museums; Museum Road) (1), Opera House at FT Museum (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; South Kenyon & Museum Road) (2), Amuse-O-Matic CO (Amusement & Theme Parks; 15 South 1st Street) (3), Sunset Amusements (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1905 5th Avenue South) (4), Fort Museum (Museum Road) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Quality Inn Fort Dodge (2001 Highway 169 South) (1), Budget Host Inn (JCT Hwys 169 & 20) (2), Hilltop Motel (1149 3rd Avenue Northwest) (3), Comfort Inn Ft. Dodge (2938 5th Avenue South) (4), Super 8 Motel (3638 Maple Drive) (5), Economy Inn (3003 5th Avenue South) (6), Country Inn-Stes Fort Dodge (3259 5th Avenue South) (7), Days Inn Fort Dodge IA (3040 5th Avenue South) (8), Holiday Inn (2001 Highway 169 South) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Iowa State - Judicial Department- Juvenile Court Services (702 1st Avenue South) (1), Iowa State - Judicial Department- Clerk Of District Court (701 Central Avenue) (2), Social Security Administration - Fort Dodge (2315 2nd Avenue North) (3), Iowa State - Judicial Department- Public Defenders OFC (706 Central Avenue) (4), Iowa State - Judicial Department- Courtroom (701 Central Avenue) (5), Iowa State - District Court Administration- Judicial Department- District Court Administr (701 Central Avenue) (6), Iowa State - Judicial Department- Juvenile Referee (702 1st Avenue South) (7), United States Governmentfort Dodge - Clerk Of Court- Courts- District Court J (Federal Building) (8). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Jeremy Williams (boxer) - Boxer, Jon Porter - Politician, Linda Evans (radical) - Activist, Corita Kent - Pop artist, Jeff Struecker - Novelist, Jo Oldson - Politician, Lisa Uhl - Track and field athlete, Paul Schell - Politician, Scott Bloomquist - Racing driver, Timothy G. O'Connell - Architect.

Webster 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 Fort Dodge and their reported violations in the past:

FORT DODGE WATER SUPPLY (Address: 600 PHINNEY PARK DR , Population served: 25,206, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-18-2014), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-18-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-18-2014), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-18-2014)
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
CALLENDER WATER SUPPLY (Address: 955 S 28TH ST , Population served: 376, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Combined Radium (-226 and -228). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-12-2012), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-12-2012), St Public Notif received (JAN-22-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-26-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
DEERWOOD ESTATES UTILITIES (Address: 2040 PARKER DR , Population served: 190, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-10-2009), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-10-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-04-2009), St Public Notif requested (NOV-09-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-09-2009), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010)
LAKESIDE GOLF COURSE (Address: 1417 NELSON AVE , Population served: 65, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2007 and JUN-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-16-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
BECKER WATER AND ROAD (Address: 2040 PARKER DR , Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2010 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-10-2010), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-17-2010), St Public Notif requested (NOV-17-2010), St Public Notif received (DEC-20-2010), St Compliance achieved (JAN-18-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2011, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-18-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-22-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-22-2011), St Public Notif received (AUG-26-2011)
CENTRAL WATER WORKS (Address: 955 S 28TH ST , Population served: 27, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 38 regular monitoring violations

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

  • BARNUM WATER SUPPLY (Address: 955 S 28TH ST , Population served: 191, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • DEER CREEK SUBDIVISION (FORT DODGE) (Address: 2040 PARKER DR , Population served: 52, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

56.9%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.2%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Fort Dodge in 2010:

  • 1,158 people in state prisons
  • 755 people in college/university student housing
  • 345 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 59 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 49 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 41 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 38 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 32 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 20 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 5 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 3 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Fort Dodge in 2000:

  • 599 people in nursing homes
  • 292 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 103 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 103 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 48 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 38 people in other group homes
  • 35 people in halfway houses
  • 30 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 15 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with branches in Fort Dodge (2011 data):

  • First American Bank: Crossroads Branch at 114 North 27th Street, branch established on 1976/09/27; at 1207 Central Avenue, branch established on 1934/06/01. Info updated 2007/01/10: Bank assets: $1,369.8 mil, Deposits: $1,095.9 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Stark Bank Group, Ltd.
  • First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa: First Federal Savings Bank Of Iowa at 825 Central Avenue, branch established on 1954/10/01; 201 South 25th St Branch at 201 South 25th Street, branch established on 1954/10/01. Info updated 2011/08/19: Bank assets: $434.3 mil, Deposits: $364.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: North Central Bancshares, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Crossroads Branch at 406 South 25th Street, branch established on 1965/11/26; Fort Dodge Main Branch at 822 Central Avenue, branch established on 1882/08/05. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • United Bank of Iowa: Fort Dodge Branch at 1608 First Avenue South, branch established on 1990/03/16. Info updated 2011/01/04: Bank assets: $1,153.6 mil, Deposits: $906.0 mil, headquarters in Ida Grove, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 25 total offices, Holding Company: Ida Grove Bancshares, Inc.
  • Citizens State Bank: at 130 North 29th Street, branch established on 1986/06/27. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $130.9 mil, Deposits: $105.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Carroll County Bancshares, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Fort Dodge Main Branch at 723 First Avenue South, branch established on 1934/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • First State Bank: at 3031 5th Avenue South, branch established on 2007/04/26. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $283.6 mil, Deposits: $217.7 mil, headquarters in Webster City, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Van Diest Investment Company
  • Northwest Bank: Fort Dodge Branch at 10 North 29th Street, branch established on 2003/05/05. Info updated 2012/03/07: Bank assets: $863.8 mil, Deposits: $728.0 mil, headquarters in Spencer, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices, Holding Company: Northwest Financial Corp.

For population 15 years and over in Fort Dodge:

Marital status in Fort Dodge, IA
  • Never married: 37.5%
  • Now married: 38.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 7.8%
  • Divorced: 14.5%

For population 25 years and over in Fort Dodge:

  • High school or higher: 90.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.5%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Fort Dodge
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fort Dodge, IA (based on Webster County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant9,41429
Evangelical Protestant7,05832
Catholic7,0561
Other8934
Black Protestant1322
None13,460-
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
Webster County:

1.81 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
This county:

7.25 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Webster County:

5.70 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.0%
Iowa:

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

15.6%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Fort Dodge:

48.6%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

44.4%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.7
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Fort Dodge:

21.9%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.2%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.7%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
Fort Dodge:

54.2%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Fort Dodge:

76.7%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fort Dodge, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 34$166,235$58,6710$0
Firefighters 30$135,873$54,3490$0
Streets and Highways 22$104,393$56,9420$0
Other and Unallocable 13$55,563$51,2890$0
Parks and Recreation 11$50,098$54,65220$14,023
Other Government Administration 9$49,866$66,4888$4,050
Sewerage 9$37,561$50,0810$0
Financial Administration 9$40,347$53,7960$0
Police - Other 9$46,715$62,2872$2,241
Local Libraries 8$30,646$45,9696$6,667
Solid Waste Management 8$30,588$45,8820$0
Natural Resources 7$26,808$45,9570$0
Water Supply 5$24,891$59,7380$0
Airports 5$22,138$53,1310$0
Fire - Other 2$12,925$77,5501$912
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$10,684$64,1040$0
Totals for Government 183$845,331$55,43237$27,893

Fort Dodge government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $13,209,000 ($543.47)
    General - Other: $9,434,000 ($388.15)
    Air Transportation: $5,127,000 ($210.94)
    Housing and Community Development: $32,000 ($1.32)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $6,619,000 ($272.33)
    Sewerage: $5,051,000 ($207.82)
    Water Utilities: $4,198,000 ($172.72)
    Police Protection: $3,441,000 ($141.58)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,308,000 ($94.96)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,227,000 ($91.63)
    Regular Highways: $1,873,000 ($77.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,255,000 ($51.64)
    Libraries: $736,000 ($30.28)
    Air Transportation: $554,000 ($22.79)
    Central Staff Services: $302,000 ($12.43)
    Public Welfare - Other: $295,000 ($12.14)
    Housing and Community Development: $287,000 ($11.81)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $252,000 ($10.37)
    Parking Facilities: $235,000 ($9.67)
    Financial Administration: $161,000 ($6.62)
    Health - Other: $55,000 ($2.26)
    General Public Buildings: $54,000 ($2.22)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $30,000 ($1.23)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $26,000 ($1.07)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,112,000 ($86.90)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $351,000 ($14.44)
    General - Other: $125,000 ($5.14)
    Regular Highways: $106,000 ($4.36)
    Water Utilities: $97,000 ($3.99)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $37,000 ($1.52)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($0.04)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $11,544,000 ($474.96)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $376,000 ($15.47)

Fort Dodge government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $11,124,000 ($457.68)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,471,000 ($60.52)
    Parks and Recreation: $893,000 ($36.74)
    Other: $330,000 ($13.58)
    Air Transportation: $163,000 ($6.71)
    Parking Facilities: $149,000 ($6.13)
    Housing and Community Development: $147,000 ($6.05)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $4,904,000 ($201.77)
    Other: $536,000 ($22.05)
    Housing and Community Development: $28,000 ($1.15)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $310,000 ($12.75)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,666,000 ($191.98)
    Interest Earnings: $323,000 ($13.29)
    Fines and Forfeits: $311,000 ($12.80)
    Special Assessments: $21,000 ($0.86)
    Sale of Property: $1,000 ($0.04)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $7,926,000 ($326.11)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,197,000 ($131.54)
    Other: $2,849,000 ($117.22)
    General Local Government Support: $608,000 ($25.02)
  • Tax - Property: $14,576,000 ($599.71)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,850,000 ($158.40)
    Public Utilities Sales: $841,000 ($34.60)
    Other Selective Sales: $800,000 ($32.92)
    Other License: $465,000 ($19.13)

Fort Dodge government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,629,000 ($4675.13)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $103,771,000 ($4269.53)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $44,082,000 ($1813.70)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,224,000 ($1408.11)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $1,541,000 ($63.40)

Fort Dodge government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $29,941,000 ($1231.89)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,969,000 ($204.44)

4.99% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($38,770 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.99%
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 Hamilton County, IA  0.35% ($38,479 average AGI)
from Calhoun County, IA  0.27% ($32,763)
from Humboldt County, IA  0.27% ($33,184)
Businesses in Fort Dodge, IA
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Maurices1
AmericInn1McDonald's2
Applebee's1Menards1
Bath & Body Works1New Balance3
Best Western1Nike3
Blockbuster1OfficeMax1
Burger King1Payless1
Carson Pirie Scott1Penske1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Comfort Inn1Quality1
Curves1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen2SAS Shoes1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
FedEx4Slumberland1
Foot Locker1Starbucks1
Ford1Subway2
GameStop1Super 81
Goodwill1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1Target1
Hardee's1The Room Place1
JCPenney1Toyota1
Jones New York3U-Haul2
KFC1U.S. Cellular2
La-Z-Boy3UPS8
Lane Furniture1Vans2
Little Caesars Pizza1Village Inn1
Long John Silver's1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets3

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Dodge:

  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KVFD (1400 AM; 1 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • 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)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Dodge:

  • KKEZ (94.5 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K206BF (89.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KICB (88.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KUEL (92.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KIAQ (96.9 FM; CLARION, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KJYL (100.7 FM; EAGLE GROVE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING,INC)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KHBT (97.7 FM; HUMBOLDT, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KQWC-FM (95.7 FM; WEBSTER CITY, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KTLB (105.9 FM; TWIN LAKES, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Dodge:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Fort Dodge fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 56Number of bridges
  • 1,017ft / 310mTotal length
  • 164,490Total average daily traffic
  • 7,720Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Fort Dodge, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 21920-1929
  • 41930-1939
  • 51950-1959
  • 41960-1969
  • 181970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 102010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Fort Dodge, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Fort Dodge)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 114 (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 Fort Dodge, IA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 43 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 78 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 8 (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: 67 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Fort Dodge)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Fort Dodge)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 30 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 140. The highest number of fires - 202 took place in 2005, and the least - 85 in 2015. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Fort Dodge, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (41.4%), and Structure Fires (37.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Fort Dodge, IA
    • 92741.4%Outside Fires
    • 84637.8%Structure Fires
    • 39017.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 773.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Fort Dodge, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Dodge, Iowa:

  • Days Inn Fort Dodge, 3040 5th Ave S, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 576-8000, Fax: (515) 576-8000
  • Comfort Inn Fort Dodge, 2928 E 5TH Ave, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 573-3731
  • Quality Inn, 2001 Hwy 169 S, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 955-3621, Fax: (515) 955-3643
  • Baymount Inn and Suites, 2938 5TH Ave S, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 573-3731, Fax: (515) 573-3731
  • Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave NW, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 573-7177, Fax: (515) 573-3999
  • Americinn Lodge & Suites, 100 W Kenyon Rd, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 576-2100, Fax: (515) 576-2700
  • Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express And Suites, 300 31st St, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 576-3313, Fax: (515) 576-0311
  • Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 523 Kirkberg Blvd, Fort dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 302-8788, Fax: (515) 302-8787
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, 110 Leah Ln, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 , Phone: (515) 302-8508
All 9 fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Dodge, Iowa
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fort Dodge, IA
  • 89.4%Utility gas
  • 9.5%Electricity
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Wood
  • 0.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fort Dodge, IA
  • 66.6%Utility gas
  • 28.0%Electricity
  • 2.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.0%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel


Fort Dodge compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.

Fort Dodge on our top lists:

  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospices or homes for chronically ill (population 1,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in halfway houses (population 1,000+)"
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