Marathon, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 242 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -19.9%
Males: 119  (49.4%)
Females: 123  (50.6%)
Median resident age:  49.5 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50565.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $38,620 (it was $20,982 in 2000)
Marathon:

$38,620
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,539 (it was $12,751 in 2000)

Marathon city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $27,211 (it was $16,200 in 2000)
Marathon:

$27,211
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $63,711; Detached houses: $64,799; Mobile homes: $6,609

Median gross rent in 2012: $425.

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  • White alone - 229 (96.6%)
  • Hispanic - 6 (2.5%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (0.8%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Marathon: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (32.9%), Irish (21.0%), English (7.6%), Swedish (4.9%), Subsaharan African (4.0%), United States (3.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/31/1892

Elevation: 1390 feet

Land area: 0.73 square miles.

Population density: 331 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Marathon,IA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Marathon:

  • High school or higher: 84.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Marathon city:

  • Never married: 20.0%
  • Now married: 56.6%
  • Separated: 7.9%
  • Widowed: 6.6%
  • Divorced: 8.9%

6 residents are foreign born (1.2% Asia).

This city:  2.4%
Iowa:  4.3%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Marathon, Iowa as of January 25, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Marathon to the number of sex offenders is 81 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $360 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $245 (1.0%)

Marathon satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (76.1 miles , pop. 85,013).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (122.7 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (379.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Albert City, IA (2.4 miles ), Webb, IA (2.5 miles) , Laurens, IA (2.6 miles ), Sioux Rapids, IA (2.9 miles ), Rembrandt, IA (3.1 miles ), Gillett Grove, IA (3.3 miles) , Linn Grove, IA (3.7 miles ), Greenville, IA (3.7 miles) .

Latitude: 42.86 N, Longitude: 94.98 W

Area code: 712

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

5.0%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -18 (-5.6%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (30%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Wholesale trade (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (49%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2%)
  • Finance and insurance (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (17%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (16%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Construction laborers (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Business operations specialists (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (16%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (14%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)

Work and jobs in Marathon: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Marathon, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Marathon-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 78% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.8 miles away from the Marathon city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/23/1952, a category F4 tornado 22.4 miles away from the city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Marathon-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 78% 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 201.2 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 240.9 miles away from Marathon 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 198.7 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 205.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 187.1 miles away from Marathon center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 132.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)
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Hospitals and medical centers near Marathon:

  • PLEASANT VIEW HOME (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; ALBERT CITY, IA)
  • LAURENS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; LAURENS, IA)
  • SIOUX CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Marathon:

  • Buena Vista University (about 19 miles; Storm Lake, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 39 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 48 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 75 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa State University (about 90 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 96 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • University of South Dakota (about 99 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)

Library in Marathon:

  • MARATHON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $15,757; Location: 306 W ATTICA; 7,304 books; 458 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 30 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Marathon: Marathon (A), Marathon First Responders (B), Marathon Public Library (C), Marathon City Hall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Marathon include: United Methodist Church (A), Grace Lutheran Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Buena Vista 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 2012 was 70.0. This is about average.

City:

70.0
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 34.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.5
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.73. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.73
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 18.7%
(16.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 12.5% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  51.2%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.6%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Marathon compared to Iowa state average:

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

Banks with branches in Marathon (2011 data):

  • Community State Bank: Marathon Branch at 118 Agora Street, branch established on 1917/10/08. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $138.0 mil, Deposits: $116.5 mil, headquarters in Spencer, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Community State Bancorporation

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)
  • Other fuel (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Marathon city (based on Buena Vista County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 66.90%
Here: 66.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents23.1%19.5%18.4%15.8%9.1%
Congregations23.3%16.3%4.7%14.0%7.0%
NameEvangelical Free Church of AmericaUnited Church of ChristChristian Churches and Churches of Christ The Evangelical Covenant ChurchOther
Adherents3.1%3.1%2.9%1.3%3.6%
Congregations7.0%9.3%4.7%2.3%11.6%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Buena Vista County:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Buena Vista County:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Here:

9.70 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Buena Vista County:

28.2%
Iowa:

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

18.4%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$2,342$28,1041$937
Streets and Highways 1$2,737$32,8443$640
Local Libraries 0$0 3$731
Totals for Government 2$5,079$30,4747$2,308

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

  • Construction - General: $258,000 ($1066.12)
    Water Utilities: $255,000 ($1053.72)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $134,000 ($553.72)
    Sewerage: $37,000 ($152.89)
    Water Utilities: $36,000 ($148.76)
    General - Other: $36,000 ($148.76)
    Regular Highways: $33,000 ($136.36)
    Solid Waste Management: $19,000 ($78.51)
    Fire Protection: $12,000 ($49.59)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($41.32)
    Libraries: $7,000 ($28.93)
    Health Services - Other: $6,000 ($24.79)
    Police Protection: $5,000 ($20.66)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($12.40)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($12.40)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,000 ($8.26)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($4.13)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($16.53)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $5,000 ($20.66)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $9,000 ($37.19)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($28.93)
    Electric Utilities: $6,000 ($24.79)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $90,000 ($371.90)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $33,000 ($136.36)
    Solid Waste Management: $19,000 ($78.51)
    All Other: $11,000 ($45.45)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $118,000 ($487.60)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $9,000 ($37.19)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $10,000 ($41.32)
    Interest Earnings: $8,000 ($33.06)
    Rents: $1,000 ($4.13)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $166,000 ($685.95)
    Water Utilities: $49,000 ($202.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $24,000 ($99.17)
    General Support: $7,000 ($28.93)
  • Tax - Property: $74,000 ($305.79)
    Total General Sales: $24,000 ($99.17)
    Public Utilities: $2,000 ($8.26)
    NEC: $1,000 ($4.13)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $67,000 ($276.86)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $259,000 ($1070.25)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $60,000 ($247.93)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $259,000 ($1070.25)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $7,000 ($28.93)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $464,000 ($1917.36)

Strongest AM radio stations in Marathon:

  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • 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.)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • 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)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Marathon:

  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KAYL-FM (101.7 FM; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBVU-FM (97.5 FM; ALTA, IA; Owner: BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY)
  • KLLT (104.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KICD-FM (107.7 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Marathon:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K47FZ (Channel 47; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

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  • 1 Mi N (Lat: 42.865250 Lon: -94.985278), Call Sign: WRA673
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.625 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/07/2004, Expiration Date: 08/01/2014
    Registrant: Electronic Specialties, Inc., 2103 Highway 169 North, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: (515) 295-7752, Fax: (515) 295-7238, Email:

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 175A (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR GO-300 SERIES (175 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6924E , Serial Number: 56424, Year manufactured: 1959, Airworthiness Date: 12/21/1959
    Registrant (Individual): Charles Thomas, 4516 230th Ave # 343, Marathon, IA 50565

Most common first names in Marathon, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1273.3 years
James782.6 years
Harold674.5 years
Mary685.3 years
Esther583.2 years
George478.7 years
Dorothy484.5 years
Clarence373.6 years
Richard380.3 years
Floyd378.7 years
Most common last names in Marathon, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Anderson1781.1 years
Hartman676.3 years
Bentley684.5 years
Mclaughlin678.2 years
Davis579.8 years
Johnson580.0 years
Carlson478.3 years
Donaldson486.0 years
Erickson486.8 years
Hartley483.3 years

Marathon on our top lists:

  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Machinery"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Farm product raw material merchant wholesalers"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: U. S. Postal service"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Truck transportation"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Art and design workers"
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