Meservey, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 244 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -3.2%
 
Males: 114  (46.9%)
Females: 130  (53.1%)
Median resident age:

53.6 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50457.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $48,228 (it was $32,500 in 2000)
Meservey:

$48,228
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,169 (it was $16,043 in 2000)

Meservey city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $53,756 (it was $29,600 in 2000)
Meservey:

$53,756
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $63,219; detached houses: $63,517

Median gross rent in 2017: $451.

March 2019 cost of living index in Meservey: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 8.6%
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  • Races in Meservey, IA (2010)
    • 24796.5%White alone
    • 83.1%Hispanic
    • 10.4%Two or more races

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Meservey, Iowa as of October 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Meservey is 178 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (73.4%), English (5.3%), Norwegian (3.2%), American (2.1%), French (1.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 08/24/1893

Elevation: 1246 feet

Land area: 1.51 square miles.

Population density: 162 people per square mile   (very low).

Meservey, Iowa map

6 residents are foreign born (2.4% Latin America).

This city:

2.4%
Iowa:

3.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $718 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $557 (1.0%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Meservey, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Meservey, IA in 2017
Meservey satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

2.8%
Most common industries in Meservey, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (9.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.3%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.8%)
  • Truck transportation (5.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (18.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (11.5%)
  • Truck transportation (11.5%)
  • Construction (6.6%)
  • Food (6.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.6%)
  • Machinery (6.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (16.7%)
  • Health care (15.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (13.3%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (11.7%)
  • Metal & metal products (8.3%)
  • Educational services (8.3%)
  • U. S. Postal service (5.0%)
Most common occupations in Meservey, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (14.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (13.1%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (8.2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.6%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (13.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (10.0%)
  • Cashiers (8.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.0%)

Average climate in Meservey, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Meservey, Iowa average temperatures Meservey, Iowa average precipitation Meservey, Iowa humidity Meservey, Iowa wind speed Meservey, Iowa snowfall Meservey, Iowa sunshine Meservey, Iowa clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2008 was 1.21. This is significantly better than average.

City:

1.21
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

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.:

1.789

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 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 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 the city 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 Meservey 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 (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

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.

For population 15 years and over in Meservey:

Marital status in Meservey, IA
  • Never married: 18.0%
  • Now married: 59.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 14.0%

For population 25 years and over in Meservey:

  • High school or higher: 97.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.7
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant15,23129
Evangelical Protestant6,87130
Catholic6,6725
Other9706
Orthodox2001
None14,207-
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: 8
Cerro Gordo County:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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
Here:

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.
Iowa:

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

9.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.1%
State:

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

16.0%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

40.9%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.8%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.9
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

25.5%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Meservey:

9.9%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.0
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

28.7%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
Meservey:

57.7%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Meservey:

86.3%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Meservey, IA Residents
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
Water Supply 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$600
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$72
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 2$672

Meservey government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Local Fire Protection: $18,000 ($73.77)
    Regular Highways: $18,000 ($73.77)
    Water Utilities: $16,000 ($65.57)
    Solid Waste Management: $15,000 ($61.48)
    General - Other: $12,000 ($49.18)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($28.69)
    Parks and Recreation: $7,000 ($28.69)
    Sewerage: $3,000 ($12.30)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($8.20)
    Health - Other: $2,000 ($8.20)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($4.10)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Sewerage: $35,000 ($143.44)
    Other - Libraries: $12,000 ($49.18)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $17,000 ($69.67)

Meservey government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $37,000 ($151.64)
    Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($69.67)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $12,000 ($49.18)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $3,000 ($12.30)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $27,000 ($110.66)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $19,000 ($77.87)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $40,000 ($163.93)
    Property: $32,000 ($131.15)

Meservey government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $117,000 ($479.51)

5.48% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($45,196 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
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 Hancock County, IA  0.41% ($33,889 average AGI)
from Floyd County, IA  0.40% ($37,239)
from Worth County, IA  0.34% ($32,683)


5.43% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($50,283 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.43%
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 Polk County, IA  0.48% ($42,905 average AGI)
to Worth County, IA  0.35% ($34,968)
to Hancock County, IA  0.35% ($36,721)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 13ft / 4.1mTotal length
  • 90Total average daily traffic
  • 90Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic


FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 10GH , Serial Number: 28-20482, Year manufactured: 1964, Airworthiness Date: 11/12/1964, Certificate Issue Date: 07/28/2016
    Registrant (Individual): Darvin Peters, 2231 Balsam Ave, Meservey, IA 50457
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182P (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 120 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 52681 , Serial Number: 18262766, Year manufactured: 1973, Airworthiness Date: 01/14/1974, Certificate Issue Date: 08/23/2018
    Registrant (Individual): Kent L Pals, 3378 10th St, Meservey, IA 50457

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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Meservey, IA
  • 80.3%Utility gas
  • 9.2%Electricity
  • 5.3%Wood
  • 3.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Meservey, IA
  • 90.9%Utility gas
  • 9.1%Electricity


Meservey compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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