Meservey, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 254 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +0.8%
 
Males: 112  (44.5%)
Females: 142  (55.5%)
Median resident age:  46.3 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50457.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,342 (it was $32,500 in 2000)
Meservey:

$28,342
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,854 (it was $16,043 in 2000)

Meservey city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $53,498 (it was $29,600 in 2000)
Meservey:

$53,498
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $62,651; Detached houses: $62,651

Median gross rent in 2012: $570.

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  • White alone - 247 (96.5%)
  • Hispanic - 8 (3.1%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.4%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Meservey: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (47.1%), Irish (7.2%), Norwegian (5.8%), English (1.9%), United States (1.9%), Danish (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 08/24/1893

Elevation: 1246 feet

Land area: 1.51 square miles.

Population density: 168 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Meservey:

  • High school or higher: 91.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.1%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Meservey city:

  • Never married: 22.2%
  • Now married: 51.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 16.1%
  • Divorced: 10.4%

8 residents are foreign born (0.3% Europe).

This city:  2.7%
Iowa:  4.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $592 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $518 (1.0%)

Meservey satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (61.8 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (142.3 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (305.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Thornton, IA (2.3 miles ), Goodell, IA (2.6 miles) , Alexander, IA (2.7 miles) , Belmond, IA (2.9 miles ), Klemme, IA (3.0 miles ), Swaledale, IA (3.0 miles) , Latimer, IA (3.4 miles ), Rowan, IA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 42.91 N, Longitude: 93.48 W

Area code: 641

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

4.8%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -28 (-10.0%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (27%)
  • Wholesale trade (18%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Manufacturing (21%)
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Information (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (15%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (13%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (13%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (10%)
  • Cashiers (8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (5%)

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

Average climate in Meservey, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Meservey-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 107% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 2.8 miles away from the Meservey 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 20.6 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.

Earthquake activity:

Meservey-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 83% 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 229.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 425.5 miles away from Meservey center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 310.6 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 236.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 255.1 miles away from Meservey center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 406.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

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

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Meservey topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Meservey:

  • BELMOND #2 (Hospital, about 8 miles away; BELMOND, IA)
  • BELMOND #1 (Hospital, about 9 miles away; BELMOND, IA)
  • HANCOCK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; GARNER, IA)
  • ROCKWELL COMMUNITY NURSING HOM (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; ROCKWELL, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Meservey:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 25 miles; Mason City, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,235)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 48 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Riverland Community College (about 58 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 59 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Iowa State University (about 62 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 68 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 77 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)

Library in Meservey:

  • MESERVEY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $19,308; Location: 719 1ST ST; 7,260 books; 19 audio materials; 412 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 18 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Meservey: Meservey (A), Meservey Town Hall (B), Meservey Public Library (C), Meservey Fire and Rescue (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Meservey include: United Methodist Church (A), First Reformed Church (B). Display/hide their 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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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 39.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

39.6
U.S.:

74.2

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.136
U.S.:

1.929

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 10.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

9.1
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 39.3%
(38.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  55.7%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.2%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Meservey compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Banks with branches in Meservey (2011 data):

  • First Security Bank and Trust Company: Meservey Branch at 424 First Street, branch established on 1940/11/01. Info updated 2009/11/23: Bank assets: $430.7 mil, Deposits: $342.8 mil, headquarters in Charles City, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Cedar Valley Bankshares, Ltd.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (80%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Meservey city (based on Cerro Gordo County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.18%
Here: 67.2%
USA: 50.2%

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.
Iowa:

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

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Cerro Gordo 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.
State:

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

11.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Cerro Gordo County:

26.1%
Iowa:

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

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 0$0 1$540
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$175
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$350
Water Supply 0$0 1$390
Totals for Government 0$0 9$1,455

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $46,000 ($181.10)
    Water Utilities: $29,000 ($114.17)
    Fire Protection: $22,000 ($86.61)
    Solid Waste Management: $13,000 ($51.18)
    General - Other: $12,000 ($47.24)
    Libraries: $10,000 ($39.37)
    Parks & Recreation: $6,000 ($23.62)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($23.62)
    Welfare - Other: $2,000 ($7.87)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($7.87)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $28,000 ($110.24)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $11,000 ($43.31)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,000 ($31.50)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($7.87)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($7.87)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $18,000 ($70.87)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $20,000 ($78.74)
    General Support: $4,000 ($15.75)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $29,000 ($114.17)
    Property: $28,000 ($110.24)
    NEC: $1,000 ($3.94)

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

  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $5,000 ($19.69)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $76,000 ($299.21)

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 Meservey:

  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KRIB (1490 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))

Strongest FM radio stations in Meservey:

  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLMJ (104.9 FM; HAMPTON, IA; Owner: CD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCMR (97.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: TLC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K223AB (92.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: GREAT COMM. COMMCNS. OF N. IOWA INC)
  • KUNY (91.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • K214BA (90.7 FM; MASON CITY, ETC., IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)

TV broadcast stations around Meservey:

  • 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)
  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K25FA (Channel 25; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K47EK (Channel 47; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K49DZ (Channel 49; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K55GV (Channel 55; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K57GN (Channel 57; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K61GF (Channel 61; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Good Intent Call: 2
Most common first names in Meservey, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Henry680.9 years
Herman570.9 years
Ruth583.2 years
Grace488.2 years
John482.5 years
Robert468.0 years
Anna384.3 years
Esther386.3 years
Elmer378.0 years
Frieda387.0 years
Most common last names in Meservey, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Pals1179.2 years
Kuhlers874.0 years
Groen879.1 years
Koenen780.3 years
Schmidt782.9 years
Suntken679.2 years
Vierkant679.0 years
Stadtlander571.6 years
Faaborg581.0 years
Dirks474.5 years

Meservey on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Farm supplies merchant wholesalers"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Publishing, and motion picture and sound recording industries"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Other financial specialists"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Art and design workers"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Metal and metal products"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Warehousing and storage"
  • #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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