Oelwein, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 5,960 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -10.9%
 
Males: 2,899  (48.7%)
Females: 3,061  (51.3%)
Median resident age:

44.2 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50662.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,582 (it was $27,347 in 2000)
Oelwein:

$40,582
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $27,458 (it was $17,502 in 2000)

Oelwein city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $95,344 (it was $52,500 in 2000)
Oelwein:

$95,344
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $90,466; detached houses: $91,172; townhouses or other attached units: $121,072; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $139,028; mobile homes: $18,303

Median gross rent in 2017: $633.

March 2019 cost of living index in Oelwein: 76.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 14.3%
(12.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 39.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 66.7% for other race residents, 52.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Oelwein, IA (2010)
    • 6,02293.9%White alone
    • 1842.9%Hispanic
    • 1001.6%Two or more races
    • 590.9%Black alone
    • 370.6%Asian alone
    • 80.1%American Indian alone
    • 50.08%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 26 registered sex offenders living in Oelwein, Iowa as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Oelwein is 240 to 1.


Crime rates in Oelwein by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(15.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
4
(62.7)
7
(109.3)
1
(15.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(33.2)
4
(66.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(31.5)
1
(16.1)
3
(49.0)
5
(81.9)
3
(50.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(15.7)
1
(15.6)
1
(15.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(47.2)
1
(16.1)
1
(16.3)
1
(16.4)
2
(33.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
9
(141.1)
12
(187.4)
6
(95.6)
2
(33.0)
15
(249.2)
23
(384.3)
25
(387.7)
29
(456.7)
37
(594.5)
26
(424.4)
16
(262.1)
14
(233.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
87
(1,364)
102
(1,593)
18
(286.9)
44
(725.6)
44
(731.0)
38
(634.9)
25
(387.7)
35
(551.2)
31
(498.1)
21
(342.8)
23
(376.8)
34
(566.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
73
(1,145)
74
(1,155)
53
(844.9)
51
(841.0)
95
(1,578)
104
(1,738)
94
(1,458)
96
(1,512)
106
(1,703)
102
(1,665)
67
(1,098)
88
(1,467)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
7
(109.8)
6
(93.7)
5
(79.7)
3
(49.5)
7
(116.3)
13
(217.2)
5
(77.5)
6
(94.5)
5
(80.3)
4
(65.3)
4
(65.5)
7
(116.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
2
(31.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(33.0)
1
(16.6)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.1)
1
(16.3)
0
(0.0)
2
(33.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)264.5294.896.995.0200.0261.7169.2237.3246.0224.8198.4204.4

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Crime rate in Oelwein detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 15 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.70
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (38.9%), American (13.4%), English (7.8%), Irish (5.5%), Italian (3.4%), European (2.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/29/1887

Elevation: 1050 feet

Land area: 4.79 square miles.

Population density: 1,243 people per square mile   (low).

Oelwein, Iowa map

45 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.7%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,338 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,048 (1.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (25.4 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (130.7 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (224.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Hazleton, IA (2.0 miles ),
Stanley, IA (2.4 miles),
Maynard, IA (2.6 miles ),
Fairbank, IA (2.7 miles ),
Westgate, IA (2.7 miles ),
Aurora, IA (3.2 miles),
Fayette, IA (3.6 miles ),
Randalia, IA (3.6 miles)

Latitude: 42.68 N, Longitude: 91.92 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +133 (+2.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,769 (61.1%)

Area code: 319

Distribution of median household income in Oelwein, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Oelwein, IA in 2017
Oelwein satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 5 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $148,100
  • 1999: 13 buildings, average cost: $100,200
  • 2000: 11 buildings, average cost: $110,700
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $162,000
  • 2002: 4 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2003: 8 buildings, average cost: $87,700
  • 2004: 7 buildings, average cost: $108,600
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $135,000
  • 2006: 4 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $192,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $219,900
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $180,800
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $145,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2015: 2 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2017: 6 buildings, average cost: $200,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Oelwein, IA residents
Average permit cost in Oelwein, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.1%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Oelwein, IA
Historical housing units in Oelwein, IA
Most common industries in Oelwein, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.6%)
  • Educational services (8.5%)
  • Construction (6.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.6%)
  • Food (3.4%)
  • Transportation equipment (3.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.8%)
  • Food (6.0%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.5%)
  • Repair & maintenance (4.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.2%)
  • Machinery (3.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (21.8%)
  • Educational services (13.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.0%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.1%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.0%)
Most common occupations in Oelwein, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Registered nurses (5.0%)
  • Cashiers (4.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.3%)

Average climate in Oelwein, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Oelwein, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.6. This is about average.

City:

70.6
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 19.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

8.5

Tornado activity:

Oelwein-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 91% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 0.9 miles away from the Oelwein city center killed 5 people and injured 156 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 7/12/1971, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.0 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Oelwein-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 85% smaller 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, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 360.8 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 176.2 miles away from Oelwein 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 340.1 miles away from Oelwein center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 291.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 390.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 360.6 miles away from Oelwein 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 Fayette County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 15, Storms: 14, Tornadoes: 8, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Oelwein topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Oelwein:

  • MERCY HOSPITAL OF FRANCISCAN SISTERS-OELWEIN (Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 201 EIGHTH AVENUE SE)
  • GIRLING HEALTH CARE (16 FIRST STREET SW)
  • GRANDVIEW HEALTHCARE CENTER (800 FIFTH STREET SE)
  • MERCY HOSPITAL OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS (201 EIGHTH AVENUE SE)
  • OELWEIN HEALTH CARE CENTER (600 SEVENTH STREET SE)

Airports and heliports located in Oelwein:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Oelwein:

  • Upper Iowa University (about 13 miles; Fayette, IA; Full-time enrollment: 5,275)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 28 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 30 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 35 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)
  • Luther College (about 45 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,700)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 55 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 70 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)

Public high school in Oelwein:

Public elementary/middle schools in Oelwein:

Private elementary/middle school in Oelwein:

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Library in Oelwein:

  • OELWEIN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $257,407; Location: 201 E CHARLES ST; 43,146 books; 1,295 audio materials; 1,651 video materials; 25 state licensed databases; 108 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Oelwein: Oelwein (A), Oelwein Community Plaza (B), Oelwein Elevator Company Elevator (C), Hub City Heritage Railway Museum (D), Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum (E), Oelwein Fire Department (F), Oelwein Police Department (G), Oelwein City Hall (H), Oelwein Library (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Oelwein include: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (A), Christ United Presbyterian Church (B), Zion American Lutheran Church (C), Peace Lutheran Church (D), Church of Christ - West Side (E), Sacred Heart Church (F), Grace United Methodist Church (G), Faith Baptist Church (H), First Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakdale Cemetery (1), Woodlawn Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Delwein Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Oelwein include: Red Gate Park (1), Wings Park (2), Levin Park (3), Delwein City Park (4), Reedy Park (5), Orville Christophel Park (6), Platt Park (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Yankee Inn Hotel- Restaurant & Lounge (600 N Frederick Ave), Park View Motel (2508 South Frederick Avenue), Super 8 Motel (210 10th Street Southeast).

Court: Iowa State - Juvenile Court Services- Oelwein (15 East Charles Street).

Birthplace of: Dick Wagner - Musician, Dick Woodson - Baseball player, Roger Thomas (Iowa politician) - Politician, Anne O'Neal - WNBA player (Sacramento Monarchs, born: Dec 8, 1981).

Fayette County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Oelwein and their reported violations in the past:

DELAWARE MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY (Address: 121 7th ST SE , Population served: 159, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 11 regular monitoring violations
LAKE SHORE RESORTS CLUB INC (Address: 1418 Q AVE , Population served: 65, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-28-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-28-2014), St Public Notif received (JUN-10-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-09-2014), St Formal NOV issued (APR-09-2014), St Public Notif received (APR-21-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-26-2010), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-01-2010), St Public Notif requested (SEP-01-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-21-2010), St Compliance achieved (OCT-11-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-22-2007), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-22-2007), St Public Notif received (APR-23-2008), St Compliance achieved (OCT-09-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-21-2014), St Public Notif requested (MAY-16-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-16-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-30-2014)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.7%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

8.4%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
156 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
11 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Oelwein in 2000:

  • 153 people in nursing homes
  • 36 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 36 people in military hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

Banks with branches in Oelwein (2011 data):

  • Regions Bank: 25 North Frederick Street Branch at 25 North Frederick Street, branch established on 1946/01/26. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Community Bank of Oelwein: Community Bank Of Oelwein at 150 1st Street, S.E., branch established on 1998/10/01. Info updated 2006/06/08: Bank assets: $79.3 mil, Deposits: $71.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: First Belmond Bancorporation
  • Fidelity Bank & Trust: Oelwein Branch at 201 South Frederick Avenue, branch established on 2001/07/20. Info updated 2011/07/27: Bank assets: $560.1 mil, Deposits: $452.8 mil, headquarters in Dubuque, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 18 total offices, Holding Company: Fidelity Company

For population 15 years and over in Oelwein:

Marital status in Oelwein, IA
  • Never married: 28.7%
  • Now married: 47.1%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 10.1%
  • Divorced: 13.1%

For population 25 years and over in Oelwein:

  • High school or higher: 85.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Oelwein
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Oelwein, IA (based on Fayette County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant8,43831
Catholic4,0196
Evangelical Protestant1,85424
Other2932
None6,276-
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: 2
Fayette County:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Here:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Fayette County:

28.2%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Fayette County:

15.9%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

49.5%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Oelwein:

44.5%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.3
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Oelwein:

21.6%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Oelwein:

14.2%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Oelwein:

6.8
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

36.3%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Oelwein:

54.0%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.0%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Oelwein, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 10$45,207$54,2480$0
Streets and Highways 6$24,264$48,5280$0
Water Supply 4$18,653$55,9590$0
Other and Unallocable 4$14,189$42,5674$2,916
Other Government Administration 4$19,346$58,0380$0
Local Libraries 3$9,061$36,2445$4,597
Sewerage 2$8,204$49,2240$0
Firefighters 2$7,768$46,6080$0
Financial Administration 1$3,140$37,6806$1,395
Parks and Recreation 1$3,990$47,8803$1,240
Police - Other 1$3,587$43,0441$354
Totals for Government 38$157,409$49,70819$10,502

Oelwein government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $569,000 ($95.47)
    Air Transportation: $459,000 ($77.01)
    Regular Highways: $315,000 ($52.85)
    Water Utilities: $313,000 ($52.52)
    Housing and Community Development: $221,000 ($37.08)
    Sewerage: $53,000 ($8.89)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,729,000 ($290.10)
    Water Utilities: $610,000 ($102.35)
    Sewerage: $507,000 ($85.07)
    Parks and Recreation: $436,000 ($73.15)
    Regular Highways: $413,000 ($69.30)
    General - Other: $395,000 ($66.28)
    Solid Waste Management: $290,000 ($48.66)
    Financial Administration: $281,000 ($47.15)
    Libraries: $233,000 ($39.09)
    Local Fire Protection: $117,000 ($19.63)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $62,000 ($10.40)
    Air Transportation: $48,000 ($8.05)
    Public Welfare - Other: $41,000 ($6.88)
    Central Staff Services: $24,000 ($4.03)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $22,000 ($3.69)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $16,000 ($2.68)
    General Public Buildings: $9,000 ($1.51)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $326,000 ($54.70)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $97,000 ($16.28)
    Police Protection: $70,000 ($11.74)
    Regular Highways: $45,000 ($7.55)
    Parks and Recreation: $18,000 ($3.02)
    Sewerage: $18,000 ($3.02)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $11,000 ($1.85)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,000 ($1.34)
    Libraries: $5,000 ($0.84)
    Air Transportation: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,069,000 ($347.15)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $38,000 ($6.38)

Oelwein government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,521,000 ($255.20)
    Solid Waste Management: $292,000 ($48.99)
    Other: $179,000 ($30.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $134,000 ($22.48)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($0.67)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $728,000 ($122.15)
    Water Utilities: $214,000 ($35.91)
    Air Transportation: $58,000 ($9.73)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $53,000 ($8.89)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $407,000 ($68.29)
    Rents: $260,000 ($43.62)
    Special Assessments: $78,000 ($13.09)
    Interest Earnings: $35,000 ($5.87)
    Sale of Property: $30,000 ($5.03)
    Fines and Forfeits: $28,000 ($4.70)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $939,000 ($157.55)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $320,000 ($53.69)
  • Tax - Property: $2,318,000 ($388.93)
    Public Utilities Sales: $518,000 ($86.91)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $476,000 ($79.87)
    Other License: $87,000 ($14.60)
    Other Selective Sales: $38,000 ($6.38)

Oelwein government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,860,000 ($2157.72)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,620,000 ($2117.45)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,034,000 ($173.49)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $794,000 ($133.22)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $18,000 ($3.02)

Oelwein government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,521,000 ($926.34)

6.28% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($35,971 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
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 Buchanan County, IA  0.75% ($35,655 average AGI)
to Black Hawk County, IA  0.60% ($32,609)
to Winneshiek County, IA  0.34% ($21,500)
Businesses in Oelwein, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Maurices1
Chevrolet1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Kmart1UPS1
Lane Furniture1

Strongest AM radio stations in Oelwein:

  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KWLO (1330 AM; 5 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)

Strongest FM radio stations in Oelwein:

  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KFMW (107.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOKZ (105.7 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUNI (90.9 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KNWS-FM (101.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KQMG-FM (95.3 FM; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)
  • KDAT (104.5 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KZIA (102.9 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KZIA, INC.)
  • KOEL (98.5 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KHKE (89.5 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)

TV broadcast stations around Oelwein:

  • KWWL (Channel 7; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KGAN (Channel 2; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KGAN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCRG-TV (Channel 9; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KRIN (Channel 32; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPXR (Channel 48; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • KFXA (Channel 28; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: SECOND GENERATION OF IOWA, LTD.)
Oelwein fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Oelwein fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 39Number of bridges
  • 226ft / 68.6mTotal length
  • 36,448Total average daily traffic
  • 2,078Total average daily truck traffic
  • 36,448Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Oelwein, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41900-1909
  • 21910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 51950-1959
  • 51960-1969
  • 51970-1979
  • 81980-1989
  • 51990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Oelwein, IA

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 29. The highest number of fires - 53 took place in 2005, and the least - 2 in 2003. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Oelwein, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (46.8%), and Outside Fires (41.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Oelwein, IA
    • 21746.8%Structure Fires
    • 19341.6%Outside Fires
    • 4810.3%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 61.3%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Oelwein, IA
Most common first names in Oelwein, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert6774.5 years
John6576.5 years
Mary6279.5 years
William6079.0 years
Helen3781.2 years
Harold3777.5 years
Margaret3379.9 years
George3180.4 years
Dorothy3078.6 years
James2973.2 years
Most common last names in Oelwein, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4580.5 years
Miller2479.1 years
Fox2277.8 years
Johnson2081.0 years
Davis1980.9 years
Moore1880.3 years
King1778.3 years
Jensen1583.6 years
Chapman1577.9 years
Bennett1481.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Oelwein, IA
  • 90.0%Utility gas
  • 6.2%Electricity
  • 1.5%Wood
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Oelwein, IA
  • 77.1%Utility gas
  • 21.1%Electricity
  • 1.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Oelwein compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Oelwein on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in military hospitals or wards for chronically ill (population 1,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of English-only speaking households, population 5,000+"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill (population 1,000+)"
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