Grinnell, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 9,027 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.9%
 
Males: 4,057  (44.9%)
Females: 4,970  (55.1%)
Median resident age:

32.8 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50112.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $52,866 (it was $35,625 in 2000)
Grinnell:

$52,866
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,143 (it was $17,939 in 2000)

Grinnell city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $154,911 (it was $85,300 in 2000)
Grinnell:

$154,911
IA:

$149,100

Median gross rent in 2017: $744.

March 2019 cost of living index in Grinnell: 78.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.4%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.1% for Black residents, 29.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 54.2% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Grinnell, IA (2010)
    • 8,29189.9%White alone
    • 2923.2%Hispanic
    • 2422.6%Asian alone
    • 1751.9%Black alone
    • 1681.8%Two or more races
    • 240.3%American Indian alone
    • 210.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 50.05%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Grinnell, Iowa as of September 25, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Grinnell is 613 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Grinnell by year

Type

2005

2006

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(53.5)
6
(64.0)
4
(43.4)
3
(32.7)
3
(32.8)
1
(10.8)
3
(32.6)
1
(11.0)
4
(44.4)
4
(44.3)
9
(98.6)
7
(76.6)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.7)
2
(21.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.9)
1
(11.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.0)
2
(21.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
21
(224.6)
10
(106.6)
13
(141.1)
17
(185.3)
16
(174.9)
12
(129.5)
22
(239.0)
32
(352.0)
21
(233.1)
54
(597.7)
66
(723.1)
66
(722.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
59
(631.1)
59
(628.9)
70
(759.5)
101
(1,101)
26
(284.2)
41
(442.5)
42
(456.3)
68
(748.1)
59
(654.9)
29
(321.0)
90
(986.1)
55
(601.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
164
(1,754)
214
(2,281)
199
(2,159)
175
(1,908)
144
(1,574)
115
(1,241)
109
(1,184)
136
(1,496)
169
(1,876)
157
(1,738)
173
(1,895)
162
(1,772)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9
(96.3)
13
(138.6)
5
(54.3)
2
(21.8)
2
(21.9)
6
(64.8)
12
(130.4)
6
(66.0)
4
(44.4)
4
(44.3)
6
(65.7)
12
(131.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
8
(85.6)
8
(85.3)
8
(86.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.9)
1
(10.8)
6
(65.2)
2
(22.0)
6
(66.6)
4
(44.3)
1
(11.0)
3
(32.8)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)209.8222.0213.3218.3149.1120.3166.9200.0228.8250.5376.9335.7

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City-data.com crime index in Grinnell, IA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 16 (14 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.56
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (18.4%), American (10.6%), Irish (8.2%), Dutch (6.0%), English (5.1%), Norwegian (4.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/28/1865

Elevation: 1010 feet

Land area: 4.99 square miles.

Population density: 1,810 people per square mile   (low).

Grinnell, Iowa map

566 residents are foreign born (1.4% Europe, 1.3% Asia, 0.9% Latin America).

This city:

6.1%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,514 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,516 (1.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (47.5 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (173.6 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (260.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Oakland Acres, IA (2.3 miles),
Malcom, IA (3.0 miles ),
Kellogg, IA (3.1 miles ),
Gilman, IA (3.2 miles ),
Searsboro, IA (3.4 miles),
Lynnville, IA (3.4 miles ),
Sully, IA (3.6 miles ),
Laurel, IA (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 41.74 N, Longitude: 92.72 W

Grinnell nicknames or aliases (official or unofficial): Jewel of the Prairie, The Harvard of Iowa

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,043 (+22.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,657 (77.5%)

Area code: 641

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

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 12 buildings, average cost: $147,500
  • 1998: 5 buildings, average cost: $160,500
  • 1999: 18 buildings, average cost: $128,800
  • 2000: 17 buildings, average cost: $128,800
  • 2001: 9 buildings, average cost: $98,200
  • 2002: 29 buildings, average cost: $89,400
  • 2003: 31 buildings, average cost: $140,100
  • 2004: 27 buildings, average cost: $145,700
  • 2005: 23 buildings, average cost: $265,700
  • 2006: 11 buildings, average cost: $306,400
  • 2007: 7 buildings, average cost: $218,400
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $314,300
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $372,600
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $146,400
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $250,000
  • 2012: 6 buildings, average cost: $255,900
  • 2013: 10 buildings, average cost: $223,400
  • 2014: 5 buildings, average cost: $282,800
  • 2015: 5 buildings, average cost: $209,800
  • 2016: 15 buildings, average cost: $239,000
  • 2017: 11 buildings, average cost: $240,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Grinnell, IA residents
Average permit cost in Grinnell, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.9%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Grinnell, IA
Historical housing units in Grinnell, IA

Population change in the 1990s: +128 (+1.4%).
Most common industries in Grinnell, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (23.3%)
  • Health care (8.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.0%)
  • Transportation equipment (3.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (23.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.6%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
  • Health care (4.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (3.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (22.8%)
  • Health care (12.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.5%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (4.7%)
  • Social assistance (4.7%)
  • Apparel (4.4%)
Most common occupations in Grinnell, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (4.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (4.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.1%)

Average climate in Grinnell, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Grinnell-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 104% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/28/1986, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.3 miles away from the Grinnell city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 8/12/1974, a category F4 tornado 28.1 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Grinnell-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 342.5 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 325.6 miles away from Grinnell center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 198.8 miles away from Grinnell center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 359.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 369.2 miles away from Grinnell center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 342.9 miles away from Grinnell center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Poweshiek County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Grinnell topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Grinnell:

  • GRINNELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 210 FOURTH AVENUE)
  • MAYFLOWER HOME (616 BROAD STREET)
  • ST FRANCIS MANOR (2021 FOURTH AVENUE)
  • TRU REHAB OF GRINNELL (415 W SIXTH AVENUE)
  • UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS - GRINNELL (803 BROAD ST)
  • GRINNELL REGIONAL HOME CARE (210 FOURTH AVENUE)

Airports and heliports located in Grinnell:

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College/University in Grinnell:

  • Grinnell College (Full-time enrollment: 1,667; Location: 1121 Park Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.grinnell.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Grinnell:

  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 46 miles; Ankeny, IA; Full-time enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 49 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 52 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
  • Iowa State University (about 52 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 52 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 56 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 57 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)

Public high school in Grinnell:

Public elementary/middle schools in Grinnell:

  • GRINNELL COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 549, Location: 132 EAST STREET SO., Grades: 5-8)
  • BAILEY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 187, Location: 210 8TH AVE, Grades: KG-2)
  • DAVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 818 HAMILTON AVENUE, Grades: 3-4)
  • FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 1310 HOBART ST, Grades: PK-2)

Private elementary/middle school in Grinnell:

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Library in Grinnell:

  • STEWART PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $383,896; Location: 926 BROAD ST; 63,309 books; 2,393 audio materials; 1,717 video materials; 16 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 190 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Under Churches Add: Grinnell Christian Church 1333 Hobart (with congregation membership over 500 is one of larger congregations in the community) Grinnell also receives all of the Cedar Rapids/Waterloo broadcast televeision stations clearly by antenna and these are also provided through the local cable operator. added by Moorendini

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Grinnell: Sully Co-op Elevator (A), Grinnell (B), Grinnell Country Club (C), Grinnell Historical Museum (D), Midwest Ambulance Service of Iowa Post 10 (E), Stewart Library (F), Grinnell Fire Department (G), Grinnell Police Department (H), Old Glove Factory (I), Grinnell House (J), Windsor Hall (K), John Crystal Center (L), Nollen House (M), Harry Hopkins House (N), Bucksbaum Center for the Arts (O), Goodnow Hall (P), Steiner Hall (Q), Burling Library (R), Forum (S), Mears Cottage (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Grinnell include: Herrick Chapel (A), Grinnell Area Christian Church (B), Church of the Nazarene (C), Assembly of God Church (D), United Church of Christ (E), Saint Mary's Catholic Church (F), First Baptist Church (G), Saint John's Lutheran Church (H), Church of Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Reservoir: Lake Arbor (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Grinnell include: James Miller Park (1), Central Park (2), Arbor Recreation Area (3), Bailey Park (4), Van-Horne Park (5), Paul W Ahrens / James Paschall Memorial Park (6), Jaycee Park (7), Lion's Park (8), Commemorate Grinnell Founder Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Super 8 Motel (Highway 146 And I # 80), Days Inn Grinnell (1902 West Street South), Econo Lodge Grinnell (2210 West Street South), Grinnell-Days Inn (Interstate Highway 80 And Highway 146), Econo Lodge (2210 West Street South), Four Winds Motel (Highway 6 West), Country Inn & Suites (1710 West St), Country Inn-Grinnell (1710 West Street South), Super 8 Grinnell IA (2111 West Street South).

Courts: Juvenile Court Services (927 4th Avenue), City of Grinnell - Magistrates Court (927 4th Avenue).

Birthplace of: Charles Brown (California politician) - Aviator, Bruce Braley - Politician, John O. Bailey - Judge and politician in the state of Oregon, Danai Gurira - Actor, David R. Nagle - Politician.

Poweshiek 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 Grinnell that have no violations reported:

  • GRINNELL WATER DEPARTMENT (Address: 927 4TH AVE , Population served: 9,218, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

56.8%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.9%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Grinnell in 2010:

  • 1,307 people in college/university student housing
  • 193 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 7 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Grinnell in 2000:

  • 1,075 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 230 people in nursing homes
  • 5 people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 3 people in other group homes
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Grinnell (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Grinnell Mb Branch at 619 5th Ave, branch established on 1966/03/17; Grinnell Branch at 833 4th Avenue, branch established on 1930/06/16. 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
  • Lincoln Savings Bank: Grinnell Branch at 1025 Main St, branch established on 2008/12/15. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $582.9 mil, Deposits: $430.7 mil, headquarters in Cedar Falls, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Lincoln Bancorp
  • Patriot Bank: Grinnell Branch at 619 Sixth Avenue, branch established on 2005/05/03. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $61.1 mil, Deposits: $56.2 mil, headquarters in Brooklyn, IA, negative income in the last year, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Gibson Investment Company
  • Great Western Bank: Grinnell Branch at 1030 Broad Street, branch established on 1913/01/01. Info updated 2010/06/08: Bank assets: $8,458.0 mil, Deposits: $6,362.5 mil, headquarters in Watertown, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 187 total offices, Holding Company: National Australia Bank Limited
  • Grinnell State Bank: at 814 Fourth Avenue, branch established on 1925/10/25. Info updated 2011/11/21: Bank assets: $262.9 mil, Deposits: $217.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Grinnell Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Grinnell:

Marital status in Grinnell, IA
  • Never married: 45.3%
  • Now married: 34.7%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 11.2%

For population 25 years and over in Grinnell:

  • High school or higher: 93.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 9.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Iowa average:

10.5

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

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Religion statistics for Grinnell, IA (based on Poweshiek County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,90520
Evangelical Protestant2,68218
Catholic1,6152
Other81
None9,704-
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: 6
Poweshiek County:

3.21 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.53 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Poweshiek County:

9.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Here:

9.62 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.6%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Poweshiek County:

27.5%
Iowa:

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

19.4%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

57.7%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

60.9%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.3
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Grinnell:

19.2%
State:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

7.2%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

7.1
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Grinnell:

31.2%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Here:

65.4%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Grinnell:

81.6%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Grinnell, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 14$65,096$55,7971$114
Streets and Highways 7$32,749$56,1410$0
Firefighters 5$21,488$51,5712$1,534
Local Libraries 5$15,576$37,38211$8,390
Water Supply 5$22,143$53,1430$0
Solid Waste Management 5$20,372$48,8930$0
Financial Administration 4$15,698$47,0940$0
Sewerage 4$17,044$51,1320$0
Other and Unallocable 3$13,114$52,4561$316
Parks and Recreation 2$10,234$61,40415$4,870
Police - Other 2$6,286$37,7160$0
Other Government Administration 1$10,476$125,7127$1,700
Totals for Government 57$250,276$52,69037$16,924

Grinnell government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $1,801,000 ($199.51)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,451,000 ($271.52)
    Police Protection: $1,302,000 ($144.23)
    Water Utilities: $1,086,000 ($120.31)
    Solid Waste Management: $968,000 ($107.23)
    Sewerage: $907,000 ($100.48)
    Regular Highways: $869,000 ($96.27)
    Parks and Recreation: $500,000 ($55.39)
    Libraries: $490,000 ($54.28)
    Local Fire Protection: $417,000 ($46.19)
    Housing and Community Development: $225,000 ($24.93)
    Central Staff Services: $219,000 ($24.26)
    Health - Other: $149,000 ($16.51)
    General Public Buildings: $146,000 ($16.17)
    Financial Administration: $137,000 ($15.18)
    Air Transportation: $103,000 ($11.41)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $91,000 ($10.08)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $14,000 ($1.55)
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,000 ($0.22)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $741,000 ($82.09)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,000 ($0.33)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,210,000 ($355.60)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($1.00)

Grinnell government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,746,000 ($193.42)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,060,000 ($117.43)
    Parks and Recreation: $245,000 ($27.14)
    Other: $149,000 ($16.51)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $34,000 ($3.77)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $510,000 ($56.50)
    Housing and Community Development: $195,000 ($21.60)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $58,000 ($6.43)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,207,000 ($244.49)
    Interest Earnings: $357,000 ($39.55)
    Rents: $152,000 ($16.84)
    Sale of Property: $136,000 ($15.07)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,309,000 ($145.01)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $883,000 ($97.82)
    Other: $149,000 ($16.51)
  • Tax - Property: $5,425,000 ($600.97)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $822,000 ($91.06)
    Other Selective Sales: $299,000 ($33.12)
    Other License: $71,000 ($7.87)
    Public Utilities Sales: $66,000 ($7.31)

Grinnell government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $17,042,000 ($1887.89)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,235,000 ($1687.71)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $6,650,000 ($736.68)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $6,150,000 ($681.29)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,807,000 ($200.18)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $500,000 ($55.39)

Grinnell government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,879,000 ($983.60)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,150,000 ($681.29)

6.40% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($49,400 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.40%
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 Jasper County, IA  0.90% ($44,548 average AGI)
from Polk County, IA  0.48% ($54,121)
from Marshall County, IA  0.40% ($50,429)


6.96% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($53,262 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.96%
Iowa average:

6.23%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jasper County, IA  1.28% ($44,742 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.63% ($90,591)
to Mahaska County, IA  0.39% ($31,000)
Businesses in Grinnell, IA
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Chevrolet1Maurices1
Comfort Inn1McDonald's1
DHL1New Balance2
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Days Inn1Sears1
FedEx3Subway2
Ford1Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Jones New York2UPS2
KFC1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1

Strongest AM radio stations in Grinnell:

  • KGRN (1410 AM; 1 kW; GRINNELL, IA; Owner: CRAWFORD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KCOB (1280 AM; 1 kW; NEWTON, IA; Owner: CENTRAL IOWA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Grinnell:

  • KDIC (88.5 FM; GRINNELL, IA; Owner: GRINNELL COLLEGE TRUSTEES OF IOWA,)
  • KRTI (106.7 FM; GRINNELL, IA; Owner: CENTRAL IOWA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXIA (101.1 FM; MARSHALLTOWN, IA; Owner: MARSHALLTOWN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSKB (99.1 FM; BROOKLYN, IA; Owner: FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KCOB-FM (95.9 FM; NEWTON, IA; Owner: CENTRAL IOWA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KZAT-FM (95.5 FM; BELLE PLAINE, IA; Owner: CAMRORY BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KBOE-FM (104.9 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • K205CZ (88.9 FM; MARSHALLTOWN, IA; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Grinnell:

  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • KGAN (Channel 2; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KGAN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCRG-TV (Channel 9; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KRIN (Channel 32; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KFPX (Channel 39; NEWTON, IA; Owner: PAXSON DES MOINES LICENSE, INC.)
Grinnell fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Grinnell fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 46Number of bridges
  • 243ft / 73.7mTotal length
  • 154,345Total average daily traffic
  • 46,985Total average daily truck traffic
  • 146,505Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Grinnell, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21920-1929
  • 71950-1959
  • 161960-1969
  • 81970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 72000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Grinnell, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Grinnell)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 92 (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 Grinnell, IA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 36 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Grinnell)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Grinnell)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 16 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 58. The highest number of reported fires - 92 took place in 2003, and the least - 25 in 2018. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Grinnell, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (41.5%), and Structure Fires (40.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Grinnell, IA
    • 38841.5%Outside Fires
    • 37740.3%Structure Fires
    • 16517.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 50.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Grinnell, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Grinnell, Iowa:

  • Country Inn Of Grinnell, 1710 West St South, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 , Phone: (641) 236-9600, Fax: (641) 236-1719
  • Super 8 Motel, 2111 W Street S, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 , Phone: (641) 236-7888, Fax: (641) 236-7799
  • Comfortinn And Suites, 1630 W St S, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 , Phone: (641) 236-5236, Fax: (641) 236-5858
  • Days Inn & Suites, 1902 W St S, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 , Phone: (641) 236-6710, Fax: (641) 236-5783
  • Best Western Pioneer Inn, 2210 W St S, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 , Phone: (641) 236-6116, Fax: (641) 236-0486
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Grinnell, Iowa
Most common first names in Grinnell, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary17281.6 years
John14478.8 years
William13077.3 years
Ruth10482.5 years
Robert10276.7 years
Margaret9082.5 years
George8882.4 years
James8678.6 years
Dorothy8479.4 years
Helen7882.4 years
Most common last names in Grinnell, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson10677.6 years
Smith10681.6 years
Anderson5878.8 years
Thompson5279.0 years
Davis5078.2 years
Jones4681.1 years
Brown4684.2 years
Miller3880.9 years
Ahrens3877.2 years
Taylor3880.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Grinnell, IA
  • 80.3%Utility gas
  • 16.0%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Other fuel
  • 0.5%Wood
  • 0.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Grinnell, IA
  • 59.1%Electricity
  • 37.6%Utility gas
  • 2.0%Other fuel
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Grinnell compared to Iowa state average:

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

Grinnell on our top lists:

  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere (population 1,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
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