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Population in 2012: 36 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -10.0%
 

Males: 17  (47.6%)
Females: 19  (52.4%)

Median resident age:  47.5 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip code: 52573

Estimated median household income in 2012: $34,882 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Mount Sterling:

$34,882
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,495

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $58,221 (it was $19,200 in 2000)
Mount Sterling:

$58,221
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $53,699; Detached houses: $52,910; Mobile homes: $61,589

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mount Sterling: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about Mount Sterling, Iowa on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Mount Sterling is mentioned 15 times on our forum:
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Ancestries: Irish (21.7%), Dutch (13.0%), French (13.0%), German (13.0%), United States (13.0%), English (8.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/29/1907

Elevation: 680 feet

Land area: 0.40 square miles.

Population density: 90 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Mount Sterling:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mount Sterling city:

  • Never married: 0.0%
  • Now married: 52.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 47.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $533 (1.4%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Iowa City, IA (74.9 miles , pop. 62,220).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (164.5 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (236.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Cantril, IA (2.7 miles ), Keosauqua, IA (2.8 miles ), Bonaparte, IA (3.0 miles ), Farmington, IA (3.2 miles ), Granger, MO (3.3 miles) , Arbela, MO (3.4 miles) , Luray, MO (3.4 miles) , Milton, IA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 40.62 N, Longitude: 91.93 W

Area code: 319

Mount Sterling household income distribution Mount Sterling home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.6%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -13 (-24.5%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (43%)
  • Construction (29%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Manufacturing (38%)
  • Public administration (38%)
  • Accommodation and food services (25%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)


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Tornado activity:

Mount Sterling-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 112% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/24/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.1 miles away from the Mount Sterling city center injured 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/20/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 4.8 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

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

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Mount Sterling:

  • VAN BUREN COUNTY PHNS (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; KEOSAUQUA, IA)
  • VAN BUREN COUNTY HOSPITAL (Hospital, Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Other, about 9 miles away; KEOSAUQUA, IA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - VAN BUREN (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; KEOSAUQUA, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in Mount Sterling, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mount Sterling:

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 39 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,272)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 42 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,087)
  • Truman State University (about 46 miles; Kirksville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,595)
  • Western Illinois University (about 67 miles; Macomb, IL; FT enrollment: 10,446)
  • University of Iowa (about 76 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,313)
  • Moberly Area Community College (about 88 miles; Moberly, MO; FT enrollment: 2,714)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 92 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)

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Cemetery: Miller Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Southern Comfort Sportsman Lodge (203 2nd Street).

 
Van Buren County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 30.0. This is about average.
City:

30.0
U.S.:

32.0
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.574. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.574
U.S.:

2.433
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 8.75. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

8.75
U.S.:

9.59
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 16.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

16.0
U.S.:

22.1


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 0.0%
(0.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  62.5%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.3%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Mount Sterling compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value 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.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Mount Sterling travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (67%)
  • Wood (25%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Mount Sterling city (based on Van Buren County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 38.94%
Here38.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Catholic ChurchOld Order Amish
Adherents47.7%13.5%9.7%9.2%6.6%
Congregations39.3%10.7%10.7%3.6%10.7%
NameGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesUnited Church of ChristChurch of the NazareneAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents4.4%2.1%1.8%1.8%3.2%
Congregations3.6%3.6%3.6%3.6%10.7%
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: 5
Van Buren County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Van Buren County:

11.73 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Van Buren County:

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Van Buren County:

27.3%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.0%
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
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$174
Totals for Government 0$0 7$174

Mount Sterling government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $53,000 ($1472.22)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $3,000 ($83.33)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($55.56)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($55.56)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($27.78)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($27.78)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($27.78)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,000 ($55.56)

Mount Sterling government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($55.56)
    All Other: $1,000 ($27.78)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $1,000 ($27.78)
    Property Sale Other: $1,000 ($27.78)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $53,000 ($1472.22)
    Highways: $3,000 ($83.33)
  • Tax - Property: $4,000 ($111.11)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $8,000 ($222.22)

6.25% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,080 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.25%
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 Jefferson County, IA  1.46% ($27,585 average AGI)
from St. Joseph County, MI  0.46% ($37,538)
from Lee County, IA  0.43% ($30,083)


6.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,630 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 Jefferson County, IA  1.50% ($23,405 average AGI)
to Lee County, IA  0.64% ($23,056)
to Henry County, IA  0.50% ($34,143)

Strongest AM radio stations in Mount Sterling:

  • 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.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WTAD (930 AM; 5 kW; QUINCY, IL; Owner: STARADIO CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KCJJ (1630 AM; 10 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: RIVER CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSUI (910 AM; 5 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • WGEM (1440 AM; 5 kW; QUINCY, IL; Owner: QUINCY BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mount Sterling:

  • KOKX-FM (95.3 FM; KEOKUK, IA; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • KRXL (94.5 FM; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Owner: KIRX, INC.)
  • KRNQ (96.3 FM; KEOKUK, IA; Owner: DAVID M. LISTER)
  • KMEM-FM (100.5 FM; MEMPHIS, MO; Owner: BOYER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KAYP (89.9 FM; BURLINGTON, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KIIK-FM (95.9 FM; FAIRFIELD, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEIDA GROUP, INC.)
  • KOJY (106.9 FM; BLOOMFIELD, IA; Owner: HORIZON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRKN (104.3 FM; ELDON, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Mount Sterling:

  • K54AF (Channel 54; KEOSAUQUA, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTVO (Channel 3; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Owner: KTVO LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • KGWB-TV (Channel 26; BURLINGTON, IA; Owner: BURLINGTON TELEVISION ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • KYOU-TV (Channel 15; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K38AB (Channel 38; FORT MADISON, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • Richard D Hofmann, Mt. Sterling (Lat: 40.621500 Lon: -91.930306), Type: 57.0, Overall height: 57 m
    Registrant: 3192933187, Vbtelco@netins.Net, 617 FIRST STREET
  • Richard D Hofmann, Mt. Sterling (Lat: 40.621500 Lon: -91.930306), Type: 57.0, Overall height: 57 m
    Registrant: 3192933187, Vbtelco@netins.Net, 617 FIRST STREET


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