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Cerro Gordo County

Population in 2012: 27,823 (96% urban, 4% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.6%
 

Males: 13,412  (48.2%)
Females: 14,411  (51.8%)

Median resident age:  40.9 years
Iowa median age:  42.7 years

Zip codes: 50401.

Estimated median household income in 2011: $40,717 (it was $33,852 in 2000)
Mason City:

$40,717
Iowa:

$49,427
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $25,146

Mason City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $99,188 (it was $72,500 in 2000)
Mason City:

$99,188
Iowa:

$123,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $126,421; Detached houses: $126,692; Townhouses or other attached units: $181,321; In 2-unit structures: $94,826; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $111,568; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $123,290; Mobile homes: $42,889

Median gross rent in 2011: $568.

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Mason City races chart
  • White alone - 25,345 (90.3%)
  • Hispanic - 1,457 (5.2%)
  • Two or more races - 450 (1.6%)
  • Black alone - 365 (1.3%)
  • Asian alone - 211 (0.8%)
  • Other race alone - 150 (0.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 98 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mason City: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (32.3%), Irish (12.1%), Norwegian (11.5%), English (8.7%), United States (4.0%), Swedish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/21/1869

Elevation: 1138 feet

Land area: 25.8 square miles.

Population density: 1079 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Mason City:

  • High school or higher: 91.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.4%
  • Unemployed: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mason City city:

  • Never married: 27.4%
  • Now married: 49.7%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

719 residents are foreign born (0.9% Europe, 0.7% Latin America, 0.6% Asia).

This city:  2.6%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 49 registered sex offenders living in Mason City, Iowa as of December 21, 2012.
The ratio of number of residents in Mason City to the number of sex offenders is 557 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $1,244 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $1,308 (1.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (62.8 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (125.0 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (295.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Rock Falls, IA (2.7 miles) , Plymouth, IA (2.8 miles ), Clear Lake, IA (3.0 miles ), Manly, IA (3.1 miles ), Nora Springs, IA (3.1 miles ), Rockwell, IA (3.4 miles ), Hanlontown, IA (3.6 miles ), Swaledale, IA (3.6 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 53 buildings, average cost: $109,300
  • 1998: 65 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 1999: 38 buildings, average cost: $158,700
  • 2000: 36 buildings, average cost: $166,500
  • 2001: 31 buildings, average cost: $132,600
  • 2002: 48 buildings, average cost: $149,200
  • 2003: 49 buildings, average cost: $162,600
  • 2004: 54 buildings, average cost: $183,100
  • 2005: 51 buildings, average cost: $158,400
  • 2006: 43 buildings, average cost: $186,400
  • 2007: 26 buildings, average cost: $176,800
  • 2008: 19 buildings, average cost: $221,600
  • 2009: 13 buildings, average cost: $238,900
  • 2010: 20 buildings, average cost: $216,300
  • 2011: 12 buildings, average cost: $176,700
  • 2012: 27 buildings, average cost: $225,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.15 N, Longitude: 93.20 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,234 (+18.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 11,673 (82.7%)

Area code: 641

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Crime rates in Mason City by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 1100001010012
per 100,000 3.43.40.00.00.00.03.60.03.70.00.03.57.1
Rapes 6331091211861211106
per 100,000 20.510.310.235.031.742.439.229.022.044.240.235.421.4
Robberies 68914912141834193
per 100,000 20.527.530.749.131.742.449.965.411.014.73.731.910.7
Assaults 39402032394848342321352329
per 100,000 133.3137.368.3112.1137.4169.7171.1123.584.277.4128.081.5103.4
Burglaries 298329308337250306291242142203203314344
per 100,000 1018.51129.01052.11181.0881.11081.71037.2878.7520.1747.9742.41112.41226.3
Thefts 1,6871,4411,2911,2891,3391,2271,080872720896807939979
per 100,000 5765.74944.94409.84517.34719.14337.23849.33166.22636.93301.22951.33326.73489.9
Auto thefts 47415740386153273836484953
per 100,000 160.6140.7194.7140.2133.9215.6188.998.0139.2132.6175.5173.6188.9
Arson 4111292911744646
per 100,000 13.737.741.031.57.031.839.225.414.614.721.914.221.4
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 366.7335.1293.4336.0319.9343.2325.7260.6195.9247.5240.2282.9292.5

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 50 (45 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.60
Iowa average:

1.72

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Mason City, Iowa accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.5%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -126 (-0.4%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (23%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Mason City-area historical tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 188% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 22.9 miles away from the Mason City city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 tornado 26.5 miles away from the city center killed 13 people and injured 462 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cerro Gordo County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Wind: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: James J. Montague - Poet, Chad Wicks - Professional wrestler, Dan Clute - Politician, Frank Secory - Baseball player, Linda Upmeyer - Politician, Meredith Willson - (1902-1984), composer, Merlin Bartz - Politician, Mike Banks - 2005 NFL player (New Orleans Saints, born: Nov 5, 1979), Scott Sandage - Non-fiction writer, Tanna Frederick - Film actor.


Hospital/medical center in Mason City:

  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER-NORTH IOWA (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Church, provides emergency services, 1000 FOURTH STREET SW)

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Airports located in Mason City:


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Colleges/Universities in Mason City:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,990; Location: 500 College Dr; Public; Website: www.niacc.edu)
  • Kaplan University-Mason City Campus (FT enrollment: 265; Location: Plaza West 2570 4th Street SW; Private, for-profit; Website: www.kucampus.edu/kucampusPortal/kucampusCampuses/Iowa/MasonCity/)
  • La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology (FT enrollment: 130; Location: 24 Second St NE; Private, for-profit; Website: www.lajames.com)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mason City:

  • University of Northern Iowa (about 58 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; Full-time enrollment: 10,923)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 67 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 68 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 69 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • Luther College (about 72 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,470)
  • Rochester Community and Technical College (about 72 miles; Rochester, MN; FT enrollment: 3,599)
  • Upper Iowa University (about 75 miles; Fayette, IA; FT enrollment: 3,144)

Public high schools in Mason City:

Private high schools in Mason City:

  • NEWMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 620; Location: 2445 19TH ST SW; Grades: PK - 12)
  • NORTH IOWA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 29; Location: 811 N KENTUCKY AVE; Grades: KG - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Mason City:

See full list of schools located in Mason City, School District: MASON CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Mason City:

  • MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $934,916; Location: 225 2ND ST SE; 104,149 books; 2,868 audio materials; 3,745 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 222 print serial subscriptions; 2 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Mason City: Willowbrook Plaza (A), North Iowa Fairgrounds (B), Highland Park Golf Course (C), Mason City Country Club (D), Mason City Campground (E), I-35 Speedway (F), Interstate Grain Incorporated Elevator (G), Averydale Access (H), Charles H MacNider Museum (I), Meredith Willson Boyhood Home (J), Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House (K), Mason City Police Department (L), Mason City Fire Department (M), Mason City Public Library (N), Mason City Hall (O), Cerro Gordo County Courthouse (P), Beje Clark Residential Center (Q), OK House (R), McAllister Hall (S), Careers Building Complex (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Regency Square Mall (1), Southbridge Mall (2), Southport Mall (3), Plaza West Mall (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mason City include: First Christian Church (A), Adas Israel Synagogue (B), Holy Family Catholic Church (C), First Assembly of God Church (D), First Church of the Nazarene (E), Calvary Alliance Church (F), Bethlehem Lutheran Church (G), New Life Tabernacle Church (H), First United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery (1), Saint Josephs Cemetery (2), Elmwood Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Cona Toma (A), Sunset Lake (B), Spring Lake (C), Briarstone Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Calmus Creek (A), Cheslea Creek (B), Willow Creek (C), Mason Creek (D), Ideal Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mason City include: Asbury Park (1), Lewis Kipper Park (2), Morgan Park (3), South Washington Park (4), Oak Park (5), Norris Youth Softball Complex (6), Margaret MacNider Park (7), Ray Rorick Park (8), Lester Milligan Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Macnider Art Museum (303 2nd Street Southwest) (1), The Music Man Square (Historical Places & Services; 308 South Pennsylvania Avenue) (2), Stockman House Rcshp (530 1st Street Northeast) (3), Huffman Transportation (Tours & Charters; 1409 South Taft Avenue) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Ashley Inn Motel & Trailer Park (15529 Partridge Avenue) (1), Holiday Inn West (2101 4th Street Southwest) (2), Thompson Companies (825 South Taft Avenue Suite 5) (3), Days Inn (Highway 18 West) (4), Country Inn & Suites by Carlson-Mason City (4082 4th Street Southwest) (5), Travelodge Motel Jctn HWYS 65 & 18 W (24 5th Street Southwest) (6), Best Value Inn - Mason City (24 5th Street Southwest) (7), Hanford Inn Limousine Service (Highway 122 West) (8), Country Inn-Stes Mason City (4082 4th Street Southwest) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Iowa State - Court Administration- Judicial Department (220 North Washington Avenue) (1), Iowa State - Juvenile Court Services- Judicial Department (22 North Georgia Avenue) (2), Iowa State - Traffic Bureau- Judicial Department (220 North Washington Avenue) (3), Iowa State - Judicial Department- Clerk Of Court (220 North Washington Avenue) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

 
Cerro Gordo 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
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AQI  SO2 PM10

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 21.6. This is significantly better than average.
City:

21.6
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. There were 12 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.136
U.S.:

2.879
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 23.3. This is about average. There were 45 monitors within city limits.
City:

23.3
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2004 was 10.2. This is about average. There were 7 monitors within city limits.
City:

10.2
U.S.:

11.4

Drinking water stations with addresses in Mason City and their reported violations in the past:

GERARD OF IOWA (Population served: 142, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting Stage 1 - Between JAN-2004 and MAR-2004, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-10-2005), St Public Notif requested (MAR-10-2005), St Compliance achieved (MAY-02-2005)
THE ROSE BOWL (Address: HWY 65 S , Population served: 110, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-1999 and DEC-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-08-1999), St Compliance achieved (JUL-17-2000)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In OCT-1997, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-21-1997), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-21-1997), St Compliance achieved (MAY-04-1998)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-1997, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-20-1997), St Public Notif requested (DEC-20-1997), St Compliance achieved (MAY-04-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2005, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-05-2005), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-24-2005), St Public Notif requested (AUG-24-2005)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-18-2005), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-07-2005), St Public Notif requested (NOV-07-2005)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JAN-2004 and FEB-2004, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-17-2004), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-09-2004), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-16-2004), St Public Notif requested (MAR-16-2004), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-16-2004), St Public Notif requested (MAR-16-2004), St Compliance achieved (3 times from MAY-12-2004 to APR-21-2005), St BCA signed (AUG-24-2005)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JAN-2003 and FEB-2003, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-25-2003), St Public Notif requested (MAR-25-2003), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-17-2004), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-09-2004), St Compliance achieved (2 times from JUN-09-2004 to APR-21-2005)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between OCT-01-1999 and NOV-22-1999, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-15-1999), St Public Notif requested (DEC-15-1999), St Compliance achieved (APR-25-2000)
  • 11 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
  • One other older monitoring violation
VIBRATIONS (Address: 144 10TH ST NW , Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In JAN-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-30-1998), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-30-1998), St Compliance achieved (AUG-05-1998)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-18-1998), St Public Notif requested (APR-18-1998), St Compliance achieved (AUG-05-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JAN-2005 and FEB-2005, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-16-2005), St Public Notif requested (MAR-16-2005), St AO (w/penalty) issued (APR-29-2005), St Formal NOV issued (APR-29-2005), St Compliance achieved (AUG-25-2005)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between OCT-2001 and NOV-2001, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-18-2001), St Public Notif requested (DEC-18-2001), St Compliance achieved (2 times from NOV-04-2002 to NOV-04-2002)
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between OCT-1999 and NOV-1999, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-15-1999), St Public Notif requested (DEC-15-1999), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-10-2000), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JAN-24-2000), St Compliance achieved (FEB-17-2000), St AO (w/penalty) issued (FEB-17-2000)
  • 18 routine major monitoring violations
  • 5 regular monitoring violations
LIME CREEK CONSERVATION AREA (Address: 3501 LIME CREEK RD , Population served: 81, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
PINE CREEK GOLF COURSE (Address: 15566 317TH ST , Population served: 55, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between JUL-2003 and AUG-2003, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St BCA signed (FEB-11-2002), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-18-2003), St Public Notif requested (SEP-18-2003), St Compliance achieved (JUN-28-2004)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between APR-1997 and JUN-1997, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUL-21-1997), St Public Notif requested (JUL-21-1997), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-1997)
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 5 regular monitoring violations
WILKINSON PIONEER PARK (Address: 3501 LIME CREEK RD , Population served: 27, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2000 and JUN-2000, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-30-2000), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-09-2000), St Public Notif requested (JUN-09-2000), St Compliance achieved (MAY-22-2001)
NORA SPRINGS WEST HILLS GOLF COURSE (Address: 16601 300TH , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Check/Repeat/Confirmation - Between OCT-1999 and APR-2000, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAY-17-2000), St Public Notif requested (MAY-17-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUN-19-2000)
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Mason City that have no violations reported:

  • MASON CITY AIRPORT (Address: PO BOX 1484, Population served: 212, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TWIN OAK CAMP GROUND (Population served: 32, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LINN GROVE PARK (Population served: 27, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 16.1%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.7% for Black residents, 39.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.0% for American Indian residents, 42.5% for other race residents, 30.1% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  58.3%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.6%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Mason City, IA

People in group quarters in Mason City in 2010:

  • 344 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 307 people in college/university student housing
  • 47 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 46 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 40 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 27 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 22 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 11 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 3 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 3 people in in-patient hospice facilities

People in group quarters in Mason City in 2000:

  • 476 people in nursing homes
  • 349 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 54 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 49 people in halfway houses
  • 46 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 45 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 40 people in other group homes
  • 27 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 14 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 11 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 8 people in religious group quarters
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

Mason City compared to Iowa state average:

Mason City, Iowa environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • Black race population percentage below state average.


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Banks with branches in Mason City (2011 data):

  • Community National Bank: Mason City West at 3124 Fourth Street, S.W., branch established on 1965/05/14; 100 East State Street Branch at 100 East State Street, branch established on 1957/03/25. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $225.1 mil, Deposits: $199.6 mil, headquarters in Waterloo, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Community National Bancorporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Mason City Branch at 124 North Washington Avenue, branch established on 1935/08/12; Mason City-Regency Branch at 555 South Illinois, branch established on 1985/06/30. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Farmers State Bank: Mason City West Branch at 2501 4th St Sw, branch established on 2010/02/16; Mason City Office Branch at 517 So Federal, branch established on 2003/12/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $148.0 mil, Deposits: $125.2 mil, headquarters in Northwood, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: Farmers State Bancshares, Inc.
  • First Citizens National Bank: at 2601 Fourth Street, S.W., branch established on 1892/01/09; Downtown Branch at 33 East State Street, branch established on 1996/12/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,022.1 mil, Deposits: $744.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Financial Corp.
  • Northwoods State Bank: Regency Branch at 451 South Illinois Avenue, branch established on 1936/09/21; at 2650 4th Street, S.W., branch established on 1933/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $153.0 mil, Deposits: $129.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Northwood Financial Services Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Mason City West Branch at 1315 Fourth Street, S.W., branch established on 1973/10/29; Mason City Main Branch at 10 North Washington Avenue, branch established on 1869/01/01. 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
  • Bank of America, National Association: Mason City Branch at 25 West State Street, branch established on 1964/01/22. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Clear Lake Bank and Trust Company: Mason City Branch at 425 Tiffany Drive, branch established on 2007/07/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $245.8 mil, Deposits: $217.6 mil, headquarters in Clear Lake, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Arneson Bancshares, Inc.

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Mason City, Iowa:

  • Comfort Inn , 410 5TH St SW, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 423-4444, Fax: (641) 424-5358
  • Days Inn, 2301 4TH St SW, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 424-0210, Fax: (641) 424-5284
  • Super 8 Motel Mason City , 3010 4TH St SW, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 423-8855, Fax: (641) 225-3681
  • Clarion Inn , 2101 4th St, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 423-1640, Fax: (641) 423-2067
  • Couyntry Inn And Suites , 132 N Yorktown Pike, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 423-1770, Fax: (641) 423-0640
  • Americas Best Value Inn , 24 Fifth St SW, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 424-2910, Fax: (641) 423-0274
  • Holiday Inn Express And Suites , 3041 4th St SW, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 424-1200, Fax: (641) 424-5596
  • Hpi Partners, LLC d/b/A Historic Park Inn , 7 W State St, Mason City, IA 50401 , Phone: (641) 424-5241, Fax: (641) 424-3157
All 8 fire-safe hotels and motels in Mason City, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Mason City travel time to work - commute


Mason City mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (80%)
  • Electricity (16%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Mason City (based on Cerro Gordo County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.18%
Here67.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Adherents30.1%28.5%17.0%3.9%1.7%
Congregations13.8%10.3%19.0%5.2%3.4%
NameEvangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents1.7%1.7%1.5%1.4%12.5%
Congregations3.4%1.7%1.7%1.7%39.7%
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: 8
Cerro Gordo County:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Cerro Gordo County:

6.59 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 50
This county:

11.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Cerro Gordo County:

26.1%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.0%
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
Financial Administration 9$31,642$42,1890$0
Other Government Administration 13$67,002$61,8481$492
Judicial and Legal 1$6,573$78,8760$0
Police Protection - Officers 49$199,112$48,7620$0
Police - Other 17$53,862$38,0205$3,374
Firefighters 44$186,711$50,9210$0
Fire - Other 2$5,128$30,7680$0
Streets and Highways 28$96,313$41,2770$0
Airports 10$30,048$36,0583$2,435
Welfare 6$20,727$41,4542$673
Health 2$6,881$41,2860$0
Solid Waste Management 12$39,755$39,7550$0
Sewerage 16$65,933$49,4500$0
Parks and Recreation 12$40,069$40,06917$8,156
Housing and Community Development(Local) 8$32,639$48,9591$620
Water Supply 22$74,258$40,5040$0
Transit 0$0 15$16,029
Local Libraries 28$79,334$34,0008$5,511
Other and Unallocable 4$11,072$33,21621$13,089
Totals for Government 283$1,047,059$44,39873$50,379

Mason City government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $9,446,000 ($339.50)
    Water Utilities: $1,648,000 ($59.23)
    Sewerage: $1,430,000 ($51.40)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $4,809,000 ($172.84)
    Water Utilities: $3,147,000 ($113.11)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,661,000 ($95.64)
    Housing and Community Development: $2,382,000 ($85.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,292,000 ($82.38)
    General - Other: $2,223,000 ($79.90)
    Regular Highways: $2,133,000 ($76.66)
    Sewerage: $1,852,000 ($66.56)
    Health - Other: $1,178,000 ($42.34)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,031,000 ($37.06)
    Libraries: $832,000 ($29.90)
    Public Welfare - Other: $540,000 ($19.41)
    Air Transportation: $527,000 ($18.94)
    Central Staff Services: $521,000 ($18.73)
    Financial Administration: $471,000 ($16.93)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $409,000 ($14.70)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $245,000 ($8.81)
    General Public Buildings: $185,000 ($6.65)
    Parking Facilities: $109,000 ($3.92)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $99,000 ($3.56)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $945,000 ($33.96)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $111,000 ($3.99)
    Solid Waste Management: $76,000 ($2.73)
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000 ($1.26)
    Sewerage: $32,000 ($1.15)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $12,441,000 ($447.15)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $426,000 ($15.31)

Mason City government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $2,541,000 ($91.33)
    All Other: $1,488,000 ($53.48)
    Solid Waste Management: $971,000 ($34.90)
    Parks and Recreation: $819,000 ($29.44)
    Air Transportation: $124,000 ($4.46)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $121,000 ($4.35)
    Housing and Community Development: $59,000 ($2.12)
    Parking Facilities: $51,000 ($1.83)
    Regular Highways: $24,000 ($0.86)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $7,773,000 ($279.37)
    Housing and Community Development: $30,000 ($1.08)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $148,000 ($5.32)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,469,000 ($52.80)
    Interest Earnings: $1,372,000 ($49.31)
    Special Assessments: $248,000 ($8.91)
    Rents: $199,000 ($7.15)
    Fines and Forfeits: $195,000 ($7.01)
    Sale of Property: $5,000 ($0.18)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,389,000 ($157.75)
    Transit Utilities: $58,000 ($2.08)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,442,000 ($87.77)
    All Other: $971,000 ($34.90)
  • Tax - Property: $9,856,000 ($354.24)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,765,000 ($135.32)
    Other License: $422,000 ($15.17)
    Other Selective Sales: $309,000 ($11.11)
    Public Utilities Sales: $159,000 ($5.71)

Mason City government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $31,352,000 ($1126.84)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $30,676,000 ($1102.54)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,376,000 ($121.34)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,700,000 ($97.04)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,134,000 ($76.70)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,506,000 ($54.13)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $628,000 ($22.57)

Mason City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,706,000 ($672.32)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,817,000 ($65.31)

5.76% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,614 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.76%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Floyd County, IA  0.43% ($29,040 average AGI)
from Worth County, IA  0.41% ($28,761)
from Hancock County, IA  0.36% ($25,254)


6.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($39,927 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.45%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Polk County, IA  0.58% ($48,078 average AGI)
to Floyd County, IA  0.42% ($32,108)
to Hancock County, IA  0.36% ($33,365)

Strongest AM radio stations in Mason City:

  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRIB (1490 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KRNI (1010 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • 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.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mason City:

  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KCMR (97.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: TLC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KUNY (91.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • K223AB (92.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: GREAT COMM. COMMCNS. OF N. IOWA INC)
  • K214BA (90.7 FM; MASON CITY, ETC., IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KBDC (88.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KSMA-FM (98.7 FM; OSAGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KROC-FM (106.9 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KJCY (95.5 FM; ST. ANSGAR, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KYTC (102.7 FM; NORTHWOOD, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KLMJ (104.9 FM; HAMPTON, IA; Owner: CD BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Mason City:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Mason City fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here



2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 128
  • Hazardous Condition: 73
  • Service Call: 66
  • Good Intent Call: 33

Incident types - Mason City


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Mason City, IA

Most common first names in Mason City, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John25675.4 years
Mary21881.6 years
William17576.8 years
George16078.4 years
Robert15672.1 years
Helen14782.5 years
Charles13374.5 years
James13271.2 years
Dorothy12677.7 years
Ruth12680.2 years
Most common last names in Mason City, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson14678.5 years
Smith11076.7 years
Miller9178.1 years
Anderson7480.1 years
Thompson6375.6 years
Olson6180.3 years
Peterson5780.8 years
Davis5077.2 years
Nelson4780.7 years
Brown4579.0 years
Businesses in Mason City, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture1
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Arby's1Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Menards1
Burger King1New Balance3
Carson Pirie Scott1Nike3
Clarion1Penske1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut1
Curves1Quiznos1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
Days Inn1Ruby Tuesday1
Domino's Pizza1SAS Shoes1
Famous Footwear1Sears3
Fashion Bug1Slumberland1
FedEx2Staples1
Finish Line1Subway5
GNC1Super 81
GameStop1Taco Bell1
Goodwill6Target1
H&R Block1U-Haul2
Hardee's1U.S. Cellular3
Hobby Lobby1UPS11
Holiday Inn1Vans1
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Jones New York1Victoria's Secret1
KFC1Walgreens1
Kmart1Walmart1
Kohl's1Wendy's1
Kroger1YMCA1
La-Z-Boy3
Browse common businesses in Mason City, IA


Mason City on our top lists:

  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average humidity (population 5,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in halfway houses"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average wind speeds (population 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Nonmetallic mineral products (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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