Luther, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 122 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -22.8%
Males: 59  (48.4%)
Females: 63  (51.6%)
Median resident age:  37.4 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 50156

Estimated median household income in 2013: $34,001 (it was $41,964 in 2000)
Luther:

$34,001
IA:

$52,229

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $28,671 (it was $14,393 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $69,627 (it was $78,800 in 2000)
Luther:

$69,627
IA:

$126,900

Median gross rent in 2013: $613.

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  • Races in Luther, IA (2010)

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    • 11896.7%White alone
    • 21.6%Hispanic
    • 10.8%Black alone
    • 10.8%Asian alone
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Luther: 84.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (23.2%), Irish (13.0%), Swedish (9.2%), Norwegian (4.8%), United States (4.8%), Danish (4.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/29/1903

Elevation: 1098 feet

Land area: 0.77 square miles.

Population density: 158 people per square mile   (very low).

Luther, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Luther:

  • High school or higher: 98.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.9%
  • Unemployed: 8.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Luther city:

  • Never married: 25.7%
  • Now married: 52.6%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 11.3%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,064 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $580 (1.8%)

Luther satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (10.5 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (123.5 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (316.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Madrid, IA (2.5 miles ), Boone, IA (2.7 miles ), Kelley, IA (2.8 miles ), Slater, IA (3.0 miles ), Woodward, IA (3.1 miles ), Sheldahl, IA (3.1 miles ), Ames, IA (3.2 miles ), Ogden, IA (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $20,000

Latitude: 41.97 N, Longitude: 93.82 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 515

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

3.5%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +13 (+9.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (16%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (3%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (18%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Community and social service occupations (3%)

Average climate in Luther, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Luther-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 115% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 3.7 miles away from the Luther city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1959, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.7 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Luther-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% 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 396.5 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 279.0 miles away from Luther 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 380.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 265.3 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 322.2 miles away from Luther center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 256.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Boone County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Luther topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Luther:

  • MADRID HOME FOR THE AGED (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MADRID, IA)
  • BOONE COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 7 miles away; BOONE, IA)
  • HOME CARE SERVICES OF BOONE CO (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; BOONE, IA)
  • WOODWARD RESOURCE CENTER (Hospital, about 8 miles away; WOODWARD, IA)
  • HOMEWARD HOSPICE (Hospital, about 9 miles away; AMES, IA)
  • COVENTRY CARE CENTER OF BOONE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; BOONE, IA)
  • GREEN HILLS HEALTH CARE CENTER INC (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; AMES, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Luther:

  • Iowa State University (about 10 miles; Ames, IA; Full-time enrollment: 28,662)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 21 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 27 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 42 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 80 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 83 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Buena Vista University (about 86 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)

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Notable location: Heartland Co-op Elevator (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Luther: Eternal Life Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Boone County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 56.8. This is better than average.

City:

56.8
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2005 was 0.356. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.356
U.S.:

0.303

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 25.1. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 11.3. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.3
U.S.:

9.1
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.5%
(1.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  74.1%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.6%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Luther compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.6
Iowa average:

10.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (56%)
  • Electricity (27%)
  • Utility gas (7%)
  • Other fuel (5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Luther city (based on Boone County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant6,65020
Evangelical Protestant3,43622
Catholic3,2133
Other7093
None12,298-
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
Boone County:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Boone County:

4.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Here:

5.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.1%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Boone County:

30.3%
Iowa:

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

15.7%
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 1$150
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$483
Totals for Government 0$0 8$633

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

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $6,000 ($49.18)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($32.79)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($32.79)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($24.59)
    Health Services - Other: $2,000 ($16.39)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($16.39)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($8.20)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($8.20)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($8.20)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $2,000 ($16.39)
    Police Protection: $2,000 ($16.39)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($8.20)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $8,000 ($65.57)

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

  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $2,000 ($16.39)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $13,000 ($106.56)
  • Tax - Property: $21,000 ($172.13)
    Total General Sales: $8,000 ($65.57)
    Public Utilities: $2,000 ($16.39)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $90,000 ($737.70)

5.83% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,309 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.83%
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 Story County, IA  1.66% ($32,176 average AGI)
from Polk County, IA  0.82% ($35,488)
from Dallas County, IA  0.39% ($38,050)


6.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,093 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.46%
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 Story County, IA  1.54% ($32,975 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  1.21% ($36,016)
to Dallas County, IA  0.39% ($38,125)

Strongest AM radio stations in Luther:

  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWBG (1590 AM; 1 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KASI (1430 AM; 1 kW; AMES, IA)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Luther:

  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KFGQ-FM (99.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCCQ (105.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDLS-FM (105.5 FM; PERRY, IA; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K206AW (89.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KURE (88.5 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: RESIDENCE ASSOCS. B/CSTNG SER., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Luther:

  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K19DX (Channel 19; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • K27EW (Channel 27; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • K33ED (Channel 33; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K51EP (Channel 51; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K53FD (Channel 53; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K59FM (Channel 59; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K69GZ (Channel 69; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

1
  • .5 Mi N 1.5 Mi E (Lat: 41.979444 Lon: -93.782778), Type: 97.5, Overall height: 97.5 m
    Registrant: 5152831100, , 1100 KEO WAY

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 1/2 Mi N 1 & 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Structure height: 98 m, Call Sign: WPAJ466, Licensee ID: L00003444
    Assigned Frequencies: 929.762 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/17/2007, Expiration Date: 08/24/2017
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Company, 1100 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: (515) 283-1100, Fax: (515) 244-6948, Email:
  • 1/2 Mi N 1 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Structure height: 98 m, Call Sign: WPEF477
    Assigned Frequencies: 929.337 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/15/1998, Expiration Date: 06/15/2008, Cancellation Date: 07/25/2005, Certifier: Lowell Todd
    Registrant: Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, 2120 L Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 659-0830, Fax: (202) 828-5568

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Mi N 1 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Call Sign: WNKP693
    Assigned Frequencies: 75.4200 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/05/2003, Expiration Date: 11/09/2013
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Co, 1100 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: (515) 283-1100, Fax: (515) 244-6948, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • LUTHER, 1/2 Mi N 1 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: WLK864, Licensee ID: L00003444
    Assigned Frequencies: 2121.60 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/17/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 02/01/2001
    Registrant: Electronic Engineering Company, 1100 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • LUTHER, 1/2 Mi N 1 1/2 Mi E (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: WLR417
    Assigned Frequencies: 2112.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/30/1991, Expiration Date: 02/01/2001, Cancellation Date: 02/01/2001
    Registrant: Phone: (202) 508-6000

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

2
  • 1/2 Mile (.8 Km) North, 1 1/2 Miles (2.4 Km) East Of (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: KNKD263
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.780 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/05/2009, Expiration Date: 04/01/2019
    Registrant: Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Tenth Floor, Washungton, DC 20004-2400, Phone: (202) 508-9562
  • .15 Km North, .46 Km East Of (Lat: 41.979417 Lon: -93.782722), Overall height: 97.5 m, Call Sign: KNKG531
    Assigned Frequencies: 931.162 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/05/2009, Expiration Date: 04/01/2019
    Registrant: Law Offices Of Hill & Welch, 1330 New Hampshire Ave., Nw, #113, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 775-0070

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