Meriden, Iowa

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Population in 2019: 148 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -19.6%
 
Males: 74  (50.3%)
Females: 74  (49.7%)
Median resident age:

39.4 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip code: 51037

Estimated median household income in 2019: $61,158 (it was $24,750 in 2000)
Meriden:

$61,158
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $22,749 (it was $14,755 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $98,264 (it was $39,800 in 2000)
Meriden:

$98,264
IA:

$158,900

Median gross rent in 2019: $640.

March 2019 cost of living index in Meriden: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 11.3%
(6.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Meriden, IA (2019)
    • 15093.8%White alone
    • 53.1%Two or more races
    • 31.9%Hispanic



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Meriden, Iowa as of October 20, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Meriden is 70 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (24.2%), European (14.5%), American (9.7%), Irish (9.7%), English (6.5%), Swedish (3.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/24/1881

Elevation: 1410 feet

Land area: 0.11 square miles.

Population density: 1,336 people per square mile   (low).

Meriden, Iowa map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $850 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $891 (0.8%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Meriden, IA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Meriden, IA in 2019

Meriden satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.3%
Iowa:

3.1%
Most common industries in Meriden, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.8%)
  • Food (8.8%)
  • Apparel (8.8%)
  • Truck transportation (8.0%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Repair & maintenance (6.2%)
  • Educational services (5.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (15.5%)
  • Food (13.8%)
  • Repair & maintenance (12.1%)
  • Truck transportation (10.3%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (5.2%)
  • Utilities (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Apparel (14.5%)
  • Health care (12.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.1%)
  • Educational services (9.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.3%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (5.5%)
Most common occupations in Meriden, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (10.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8.8%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (8.8%)
  • Carpenters (8.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (17.2%)
  • Carpenters (15.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10.3%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (14.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (14.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.1%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.5%)
  • Registered nurses (5.5%)
  • Child care workers (5.5%)

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 significantly above Iowa state average. It is 199% greater 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 the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 165.6 miles away from Meriden center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 445.9 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 Meriden 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
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Meriden topographic map

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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Meriden:

Marital status in Meriden, IA
  • Never married: 24.1%
  • Now married: 62.3%
  • Separated: 4.1%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 4.1%

For population 25 years and over in Meriden:

  • High school or higher: 91.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.8
Iowa average:

10.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Meriden, IA (based on Cherokee County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This county:

8.56 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

9.1%
State:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Cherokee County:

27.4%
Iowa:

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

13.8%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Meriden:

48.4%
Iowa:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

44.7%
Iowa:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

30.4
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Meriden:

24.5%
Iowa:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Meriden:

18.6%
Iowa:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.7
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

44.9%
Iowa:

33.8%

General health condition:
Meriden:

52.6%
Iowa:

55.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

77.1%
Iowa:

77.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Meriden, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Sewerage 0$0 1$136
Streets and Highways 0$0 3$252
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$604
Water Supply 0$0 1$225
Totals for Government 0$0 12$1,216

Meriden government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $28,000 ($189.19)
    Water Utilities: $23,000 ($155.41)
    Solid Waste Management: $22,000 ($148.65)
    Sewerage: $15,000 ($101.35)
    General - Other: $11,000 ($74.32)
    Financial Administration: $9,000 ($60.81)
    Parks and Recreation: $5,000 ($33.78)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($20.27)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000 ($20.27)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($13.51)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $2,000 ($13.51)
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,000 ($13.51)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($6.76)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $8,000 ($54.05)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $14,000 ($94.59)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $22,000 ($148.65)

Meriden government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $31,000 ($209.46)
    Solid Waste Management: $23,000 ($155.41)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,000 ($6.76)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $3,000 ($20.27)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($6.76)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $24,000 ($162.16)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $20,000 ($135.14)
  • Tax - Property: $36,000 ($243.24)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,000 ($114.86)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,000 ($6.76)

Meriden government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $270,000 ($1824.32)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $260,000 ($1756.76)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000 ($67.57)

Meriden government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $168,000 ($1135.14)

4.24% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($38,010 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.24%
Iowa average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Buena Vista County, IA  0.68% ($41,182 average AGI)
from Woodbury County, IA  0.41% ($31,200)


4.33% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($40,844 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.33%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Buena Vista County, IA  0.51% ($38,400 average AGI)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 7Number of bridges
  • 56ft / 16.7mTotal length
  • 1,680Total average daily traffic
  • 131Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,680Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Broadcast 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 MHz, Grant Date: 02/05/2003, Expiration Date: 02/08/2013, Cancellation Date: 04/13/2013, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 04/16/2003, Expiration Date: 06/30/2013, Cancellation Date: 08/31/2013, Registrant: C M L Telephone Cooperative Assoc Of Meriden, Box 18, Meriden, IA 51037

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KA0RHR, Licensee ID: L01324877, Grant Date: 09/19/2007, Expiration Date: 12/18/2017, Cancellation Date: 12/19/2019, Registrant: Richard A Bennett, Rr 1 Box 40, Meriden, IA 51037
  • Call Sign: KA9OZP, Licensee ID: L00251397, Grant Date: 12/11/2015, Expiration Date: 02/28/2026, Certifier: David E Cooper, Registrant: David E Cooper, 1124 440th Street, Meriden, IA 51037
  • Call Sign: KE0ZVU, Licensee ID: L02334187, Grant Date: 03/17/2020, Expiration Date: 03/17/2030, Certifier: Tyler R Stauffer, Registrant: Tyler R Stauffer, 205 E 2nd St, Meriden, IA 51037

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 135 mph), Engine: LYCOMING TI0-540 SER (310 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9398P, N9398P, N-9398P, Serial Number: 24-4902, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 04/27/1970, Certificate Issue Date: 01/09/2012
    Registrant (LLC): S & T Aviation LLC, 4727 M Ave, Meriden, IA 51037

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Meriden, IA
  • 69.6%Utility gas
  • 21.4%Electricity
  • 8.9%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Meriden, IA
  • 66.7%Utility gas
  • 33.3%Electricity


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.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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