Meriden, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 153 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -16.8%
 
Males: 81  (53.3%)
Females: 72  (46.7%)
Median resident age:  32.5 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 51037

Estimated median household income in 2016: $50,248 (it was $24,750 in 2000)
Meriden:

$50,248
IA:

$56,247

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $22,713 (it was $14,755 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $81,758 (it was $39,800 in 2000)
Meriden:

$81,758
IA:

$142,300

Median gross rent in 2016: $492.

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Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Meriden: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (30.7%), European (12.0%), Irish (9.3%), American (5.3%), Swedish (5.3%), Scottish (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/24/1881

Elevation: 1410 feet

Land area: 0.11 square miles.

Population density: 1,381 people per square mile   (low).

Meriden, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Meriden:

  • High school or higher: 93.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 19.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Meriden city:

  • Never married: 17.1%
  • Now married: 66.5%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $821 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $926 (1.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (43.8 miles , pop. 85,013).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (107.9 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (412.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Cleghorn, IA (2.0 miles ), Cherokee, IA (2.3 miles ), Larrabee, IA (2.5 miles) , Marcus, IA (3.0 miles ), Calumet, IA (3.4 miles) , Quimby, IA (3.4 miles ), Aurelia, IA (3.4 miles ), Paullina, IA (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 42.79 N, Longitude: 95.63 W

Area code: 712

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

4.4%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -5 (-2.6%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (30%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Retail trade (34%)
  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Utilities (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (13%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (26%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (14%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (4%)

Average climate in Meriden, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Meriden-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 77% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.4 miles away from the Meriden city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/8/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 17.6 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Meriden-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 75% 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 199.9 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 213.3 miles away from Meriden 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 165.6 miles away from the city center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 99.0 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) earthquake occurred 158.7 miles away from Meriden center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 201.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Meriden:

  • MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE (Hospital, about 5 miles away; CHEROKEE, IA)
  • CHEROKEE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 5 miles away; CHEROKEE, IA)
  • CAREAGE HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; CHEROKEE, IA)
  • CHEROKEE VILLA NURSING AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CHEROKEE, IA)
  • COUNTRY SIDE ESTATES (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CHEROKEE, IA)
  • HEARTLAND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; MARCUS, IA)
  • PAULLINA CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; PAULLINA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Meriden:

  • Buena Vista University (about 25 miles; Storm Lake, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,522)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 43 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 59 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • University of South Dakota (about 66 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 76 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 79 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Wayne State College (about 81 miles; Wayne, NE; FT enrollment: 3,121)

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Notable locations in Meriden: Meriden (A), First Farmers Cooperative Elevator (B), Meriden Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Meriden include: Meriden Evangelical Free Church (A), Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cherokee 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: 6.7%
(4.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  61.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.8%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.3
Iowa average:

10.4

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Meriden city (based on Cherokee County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,51713
Evangelical Protestant2,16314
Catholic2,0592
Other1913
None4,142-
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: 3
Cherokee County:

2.57 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.1%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Cherokee County:

27.4%
Iowa:

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

13.8%
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
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$667
Sewerage 0$0 2$375
Parks and Recreation 0$0 2$243
Water Supply 0$0 2$375
Totals for Government 0$0 14$1,660

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $24,000 ($156.86)
    Water Utilities: $22,000 ($143.79)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($104.58)
    Parks & Recreation: $11,000 ($71.90)
    Sewerage: $10,000 ($65.36)
    General - Other: $10,000 ($65.36)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($65.36)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($45.75)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($13.07)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,000 ($6.54)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,000 ($84.97)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $12,000 ($78.43)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,000 ($58.82)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,000 ($13.07)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($32.68)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $21,000 ($137.25)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $15,000 ($98.04)
    General Support: $2,000 ($13.07)
  • Tax - Property: $20,000 ($130.72)
    Total General Sales: $9,000 ($58.82)
    Public Utilities: $1,000 ($6.54)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $171,000 ($1117.65)

4.98% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,480 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.98%
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 Buena Vista County, IA  0.68% ($36,029 average AGI)
from Woodbury County, IA  0.52% ($4,154)
from O'Brien County, IA  0.42% ($27,714)


5.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,685 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.70%
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 Woodbury County, IA  0.68% ($18,206 average AGI)
to Buena Vista County, IA  0.40% ($31,800)
to Polk County, IA  0.32% ($51,875)

Strongest AM radio stations in Meriden:

  • KCHE (1440 AM; 1 kW; CHEROKEE, IA; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSCJ (1360 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: KSUX/KSCJ RADIO BROADCASTING CO)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWSL (1470 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: CLEVELAND RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Meriden:

  • KCHE-FM (92.1 FM; CHEROKEE, IA; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KGLI (95.5 FM; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: CLEVELAND RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • KWIT (90.3 FM; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMM. COLLEGE)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KBVU-FM (97.5 FM; ALTA, IA; Owner: BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY)
  • KKMA (99.5 FM; LE MARS, IA; Owner: POWELL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KAYL-FM (101.7 FM; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • K208DS (89.5 FM; CHEROKEE, IA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Meriden:

  • KMEG (Channel 14; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPTH (Channel 44; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF SIOUX CITY)
  • KTIV (Channel 4; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: KTIV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCAU-TV (Channel 9; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS CO.LTD.)
  • KSIN-TV (Channel 27; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 1.5 Mi W & .5 Mi N (Lat: 42.800806 Lon: -95.662500), Call Sign: KNEU297, Licensee ID: L00625485
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.975 MHzGrant Date: 02/05/2003, Expiration Date: 02/08/2013, Cancellation Date: 04/13/2013Registrant: Cedar, Gene Dba Cedar Farm, 4890 K Ave, Meriden, IA 51037, Phone: (712) 443-8828
  • 1 Mi W 5 Mi N (Lat: 42.863861 Lon: -95.665000), Call Sign: KVO419, Licensee ID: L00014434
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.985 MHzGrant Date: 04/16/2003, Expiration Date: 06/30/2013, Cancellation Date: 08/31/2013Registrant: C M L Telephone Cooperative Assoc Of Meriden, Box 18, Meriden, IA 51037

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0RHR, Licensee ID: L01324877, Grant Date: 09/19/2007, Expiration Date: 12/18/2017, Registrant: Richard A Bennett, Rr 1 Box 40, Meriden, IA 51037

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (79%)
  • Electricity (19%)

Meriden compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
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