Harper, Iowa

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Population in 2019: 110 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -17.9%
 
Males: 46  (41.9%)
Females: 64  (58.1%)
Median resident age:

31.5 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip code: 52231

Estimated median household income in 2019: $72,625 (it was $37,875 in 2000)
Harper:

$72,625
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $21,997 (it was $12,620 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $73,107 (it was $44,400 in 2000)
Harper:

$73,107
IA:

$158,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $87,090; detached houses: $86,835

Median gross rent in 2019: $775.

March 2019 cost of living index in Harper: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.6%
(8.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Harper, IA (2019)
    • 7283.7%White alone
    • 910.5%Two or more races
    • 22.3%American Indian alone
    • 11.2%Black alone
    • 11.2%Asian alone
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Ancestries: German (40.7%), Irish (7.4%), Polish (7.4%), American (3.7%), English (3.7%), French (3.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/17/1879

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 0.09 square miles.

Population density: 1,251 people per square mile   (low).

Harper, Iowa map

1 resident is foreign born

This city:

1.2%
Iowa:

5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,496 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $775 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Iowa City, IA (33.9 miles , pop. 62,220).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (180.3 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (228.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Keota, IA (2.2 miles ),
South English, IA (2.5 miles ),
Kinross, IA (2.7 miles),
Webster, IA (2.8 miles),
Sigourney, IA (2.9 miles ),
North English, IA (3.3 miles ),
Keswick, IA (3.4 miles ),
Ollie, IA (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 41.36 N, Longitude: 92.05 W

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Harper, IA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Harper, IA in 2019

Harper satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

3.1%
Most common industries in Harper, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Truck transportation (10.8%)
  • Educational services (10.8%)
  • Health care (9.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (7.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.2%)
  • Warehousing & storage (6.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Truck transportation (18.4%)
  • Warehousing & storage (10.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.5%)
  • Educational services (10.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.9%)
  • Machinery (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (18.5%)
  • Health care (14.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (11.1%)
  • Educational services (11.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.1%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.4%)
Most common occupations in Harper, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (24.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (12.3%)
  • Cashiers (7.7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.7%)
  • Computer specialists (6.2%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.6%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (36.8%)
  • Computer specialists (10.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.9%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.9%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (5.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (18.5%)
  • Cashiers (18.5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (11.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.4%)
  • Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners and technical occupations (7.4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.4%)

Average climate in Harper, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Harper-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 83% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.3 miles away from the Harper city center killed 3 people and injured 64 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 8/12/1974, a category F4 tornado 27.6 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Harper-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 179% greater 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 298.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 298.9 miles away from Harper 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 281.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 430.7 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 163.6 miles away from the city 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 320.0 miles away from Harper 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 Keokuk County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Harper topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Harper:

  • MAPLEWOOD MANOR (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; KEOTA, IA)
  • MANOR HOUSE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; SIGOURNEY, IA)
  • SIGOURNEY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; SIGOURNEY, IA)
  • ENGLISH VALLEY NURSING CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; NORTH ENGLISH, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Harper:

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 29 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,034)
  • University of Iowa (about 34 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 44 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 60 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 76 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Saint Ambrose University (about 78 miles; Davenport, IA; FT enrollment: 3,053)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (about 78 miles; Davenport, IA; FT enrollment: 5,507)

Points of interest:

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Birthplace of: Phil Slattery - Major League Baseball pitcher.

Keokuk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

57.1%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

14.3%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Harper:

Marital status in Harper, IA
  • Never married: 31.9%
  • Now married: 51.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.1%
  • Divorced: 13.3%

For population 25 years and over in Harper:

  • High school or higher: 88.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.0
Iowa average:

10.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Harper, IA (based on Keokuk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,53123
Catholic1,5823
Evangelical Protestant3036
Other2-
None6,093-
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: 4
Keokuk County:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Here:

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.9%
Iowa:

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

15.1%
Iowa:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$47
Totals for Government 0$0 1$47

Harper government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $30,000 ($272.73)
    Water Utilities: $24,000 ($218.18)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($172.73)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,000 ($81.82)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,000 ($45.45)
    General - Other: $3,000 ($27.27)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($18.18)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($18.18)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($9.09)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($9.09)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($9.09)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,000 ($36.36)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $7,000 ($63.64)

Harper government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $30,000 ($272.73)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,000 ($81.82)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $5,000 ($45.45)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $1,000 ($9.09)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($9.09)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $31,000 ($281.82)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $10,000 ($90.91)
  • Tax - Property: $17,000 ($154.55)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,000 ($72.73)

Harper government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,000 ($63.64)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,000 ($45.45)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,000 ($18.18)

Harper government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $249,000 ($2263.64)

Strongest AM radio stations in Harper:

  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCJJ (1630 AM; 10 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: RIVER CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSUI (910 AM; 5 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KCRG (1600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Harper:

  • KRNA (94.1 FM; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KSUI (91.7 FM; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • KSKB (99.1 FM; BROOKLYN, IA; Owner: FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KCII-FM (106.1 FM; WASHINGTON, IA; Owner: HOME BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBOE-FM (104.9 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • KIIK-FM (95.9 FM; FAIRFIELD, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEIDA GROUP, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Harper:

  • KYOU-TV (Channel 15; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWKB (Channel 20; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: KM TELEVISION OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KIIN (Channel 12; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KFXA (Channel 28; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: SECOND GENERATION OF IOWA, LTD.)
  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 8Number of bridges
  • 66ft / 20.0mTotal length
  • 1,960Total average daily traffic
  • 292Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,960Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Harper)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Mi S (Lat: 41.356111 Lon: -92.057944), Call Sign: KAB615,
    Assigned Frequencies: 33.3000 MHz, Grant Date: 08/21/2012, Expiration Date: 09/16/2022, Certifier: Christopher Kinney, Registrant: Natural Gas Pipeline Company Of America LLC, 2 N. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: (866) 775-5785, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • 109, .5 Mi S Of (Lat: 41.356111 Lon: -92.058500), Overall height: 121.9 m, Call Sign: WPOR738,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6197.24 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6256.54 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6226.89 MHz, Grant Date: 03/18/1999, Expiration Date: 03/18/2009, Cancellation Date: 05/23/2009, Certifier: Mary Mcdermott, Registrant: Pathnet, Inc., 1661 Gateway Blvd., Richardson, TX 75080, Phone: (972) 690-9933, Fax: (972) 231-0728, Email:
  • HARPER 109, .5 Mi S (Lat: 41.356111 Lon: -92.058500), Type: Tower, Structure height: 121.9 m, Call Sign: WPVZ661, Licensee ID: L00896575,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6226.89 MHz, 6256.54 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, Grant Date: 10/11/2012, Expiration Date: 09/20/2022, Certifier: Robert N Hedrick, Registrant: Kn Telecommunications, Inc.
  • STATION, 1/2 Mile S Of (Lat: 41.356111 Lon: -92.057944), Overall height: 121.9 m, Call Sign: KAW30,
    Assigned Frequencies: 954.150 MHz, 954.150 MHz, Grant Date: 06/20/2008, Expiration Date: 08/31/2018, Cancellation Date: 04/25/2011, Certifier: Christopher Kinney, Registrant: Natural Gas Pipeline Company Of America LLC, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO 80228, Phone: (303) 763-3390, Fax: (303) 984-3004, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Harper, IA
  • 83.3%Utility gas
  • 8.3%Electricity
  • 8.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Harper, IA
  • 66.7%Utility gas
  • 33.3%Electricity


Harper compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
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