Harper, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 112 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -16.4%
 
Males: 51  (45.8%)
Females: 61  (54.2%)
Median resident age:  34.5 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 52231

Estimated median household income in 2016: $62,702 (it was $37,875 in 2000)
Harper:

$62,702
IA:

$56,247

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $26,720 (it was $12,620 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $80,365 (it was $44,400 in 2000)
Harper:

$80,365
IA:

$142,300

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $87,177; Detached houses: $87,268

Median gross rent in 2016: $691.

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    • 10793.9%White alone
    • 65.3%Hispanic
    • 10.9%American Indian alone
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Harper: 83.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (42.6%), American (14.8%), Italian (5.6%), European (1.9%), Swedish (1.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/17/1879

Elevation: 800 feet

Land area: 0.09 square miles.

Population density: 1,274 people per square mile   (low).

Harper, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Harper:

  • High school or higher: 94.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Harper city:

  • Never married: 26.0%
  • Now married: 52.9%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 7.8%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,031 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $733 (1.1%)

Harper satellite photo by USGS

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

Harper household income distribution Harper home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.8%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -13 (-8.8%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (27%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Public administration (17%)
  • Wholesale trade (10%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (9%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (17%)
  • Production occupations (17%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (13%)
  • Transportation occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (15%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (12%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

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 slightly below 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 298.9 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 281.9 miles away from Harper 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 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 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 325.9 miles away from Harper 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 299.3 miles away from the city 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 (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

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

Birthplace of: Phil Slattery - Major League Baseball pitcher.

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)

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Keokuk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 7.3%
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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.9
Iowa average:

10.4

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Harper city (based on Keokuk County data)

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.
Iowa:

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

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Keokuk County:

26.9%
Iowa:

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

15.1%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 2$43
Other Government Administration 0$0 14$949
Water Supply 0$0 2$441
Totals for Government 0$0 18$1,433

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $15,000 ($133.93)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($62.50)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($44.64)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($44.64)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($26.79)
    Fire Protection: $1,000 ($8.93)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($8.93)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,000 ($26.79)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($44.64)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($8.93)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $20,000 ($178.57)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $11,000 ($98.21)
    General Support: $2,000 ($17.86)
  • Tax - Property: $7,000 ($62.50)

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

  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $47,000 ($419.64)
    End of Fiscal Year: $42,000 ($375.00)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $85,000 ($758.93)

4.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,287 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.58%
Iowa average:

5.75%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mahaska County, IA  0.61% ($25,667 average AGI)
from Washington County, IA  0.53% ($27,333)
from Wapello County, IA  0.51% ($27,050)


6.38% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,296 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.38%
Iowa average:

5.94%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Mahaska County, IA  1.02% ($26,927 average AGI)
to Washington County, IA  0.79% ($23,656)
to Iowa County, IA  0.52% ($37,286)

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)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Mi S (Lat: 41.356111 Lon: -92.057944), Call Sign: KAB615
    Assigned Frequencies: 33.3000 MHzGrant Date: 08/21/2012, Expiration Date: 09/16/2022, Certifier: Christopher KinneyRegistrant: Kinder Morgan, Inc., 370 Van Gordon St., Lakewood, CO 80228, 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 MHzGrant Date: 03/18/1999, Expiration Date: 03/18/2009, Cancellation Date: 05/23/2009, Certifier: Mary McdermottRegistrant: 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 MHzGrant Date: 10/11/2012, Expiration Date: 09/20/2022, Certifier: Robert N HedrickRegistrant: 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 MHzGrant Date: 06/20/2008, Expiration Date: 08/31/2018, Cancellation Date: 04/25/2011, Certifier: Christopher KinneyRegistrant: Natural Gas Pipeline Company Of America LLC, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO 80228, Phone: (303) 763-3390, Fax: (303) 984-3004, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (81%)
  • Electricity (17%)

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.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
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