Mount Sterling, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 36 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -10.0%
 
Males: 16  (45.5%)
Females: 20  (54.5%)
Median resident age:

70.2 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip code: 52573

Estimated median household income in 2019: $49,777 (it was $31,250 in 2000)
Mount Sterling:

$49,777
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $17,934 (it was $10,072 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $39,014 (it was $19,200 in 2000)
Mount Sterling:

$39,014
IA:

$158,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $127,496; detached houses: $126,572
March 2019 cost of living index in Mount Sterling: 78.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 0.0%
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Ancestries: United States (7.5%), English (5.0%), German (5.0%), Hungarian (5.0%), Irish (5.0%), Scotch-Irish (5.0%).

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).

Mount Sterling, Iowa map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,060 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $487 (1.0%)

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 satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.5%
Iowa:

3.1%

Average climate in Mount Sterling, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 64.2. This is about average.

City:

64.2
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 2.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.19
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.158. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.158
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 32.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 18.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.9
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.11. This is about average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.11
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Mount Sterling-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 43% 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.

Earthquake activity:

Mount Sterling-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 216% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 262.8 miles away from Mount Sterling center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 262.8 miles away from Mount Sterling 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 248.7 miles away from Mount Sterling center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 396.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 271.4 miles away from Mount Sterling center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 287.2 miles away from Mount Sterling center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Van Buren County (14) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Mount Sterling topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Mount Sterling:

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

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

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 39 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,034)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 43 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Truman State University (about 46 miles; Kirksville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,553)
  • Western Illinois University (about 67 miles; Macomb, IL; FT enrollment: 10,755)
  • University of Iowa (about 76 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
  • Moberly Area Community College (about 88 miles; Moberly, MO; FT enrollment: 3,977)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 91 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Mount Sterling:

  • Never married: 0.0%
  • Now married: 100.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

For population 25 years and over in Mount Sterling:

  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

0.0
Iowa average:

10.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,41116
Evangelical Protestant1,38513
Catholic2351
None4,539-
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: 5
This county:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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:
Here:

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.3%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Van Buren County:

11.0%
Iowa:

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 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

Mount Sterling government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $4,000 ($111.11)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,000 ($111.11)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($55.56)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($27.78)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($27.78)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($27.78)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($27.78)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,000 ($55.56)

Mount Sterling government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($55.56)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $1,000 ($27.78)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,000 ($55.56)
  • Tax - Property: $5,000 ($138.89)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,000 ($55.56)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000 ($55.56)

4.74% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,365 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.74%
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 Jefferson County, IA  1.01% ($43,778 average AGI)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 12Number of bridges
  • 121ft / 37.3mTotal length
  • 1,925Total average daily traffic
  • 251Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,925Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Mount Sterling, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21950-1959
  • 41960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Mount Sterling, IA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Richard D Hofmann, Mt. Sterling (Lat: 40.621500 Lon: -91.930306), Type: 57.0, Overall height: 57 m, Registrant: Van Buren Telephone Company.,Inc, Vbtelco@netins.Net, , 430 Keosa-qua, Phone: (319) 293-3187
  • Richard D Hofmann, Mt. Sterling (Lat: 40.621500 Lon: -91.930306), Type: 57.0, Overall height: 57 m, Registrant: Van Buren Telephone Company.,Inc, Vbtelco@netins.Net, , 430 Keosa-qua, Phone: (319) 293-3187
  • Chad Doherty, Mt. Sterling (Lat: 40.621500 Lon: -91.930306), Type: 57.0, Structure height: 19177 m, Overall height: 57 m, Registrant: Van Buren Telephone Company.,Inc, Vbtelco@netins.Net, , 430 Keosa-qua, Phone: (319) 293-3187

Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Mount Sterling, IA
  • 100.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Mount Sterling compared to Iowa 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.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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