Ottosen, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 42 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -31.1%
 
Males: 20  (48.6%)
Females: 22  (51.4%)
Median resident age:  44.8 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip code: 50570

Estimated median household income in 2012: $52,739 (it was $34,000 in 2000)
Ottosen:

$52,739
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $26,551 (it was $15,525 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $20,537 (it was $12,500 in 2000)
Ottosen:

$20,537
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $32,000; Detached houses: $32,000
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  • White alone - 49 (89.1%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (7.3%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (3.6%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ottosen: 82.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (37.8%), Norwegian (15.6%), English (11.1%), Scotch-Irish (4.4%), United States (4.4%), Czech (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/16/1909

Elevation: 1163 feet

Land area: 0.57 square miles.

Population density: 74 people per square mile   (very low).

Ottosen, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Ottosen:

  • High school or higher: 88.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.8%
  • Unemployed: 6.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Ottosen city:

  • Never married: 6.4%
  • Now married: 76.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.2%
  • Divorced: 13.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $217 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $338 (2.7%)

Ottosen satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (71.1 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (140.8 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (349.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Bode, IA (2.2 miles ), West Bend, IA (2.4 miles ), Bradgate, IA (2.6 miles) , St. Joseph, IA (2.8 miles) , Rolfe, IA (3.1 miles ), Livermore, IA (3.2 miles ), Rutland, IA (3.2 miles) , Whittemore, IA (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 42.90 N, Longitude: 94.38 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 515

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

4.0%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -11 (-15.3%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (42%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (17%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (30%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (20%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)

Average climate in Ottosen, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Ottosen-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 92% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/29/1964, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.7 miles away from the Ottosen city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 37.5 miles away from the city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ottosen-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 80% 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 208.7 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 268.1 miles away from Ottosen center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 229.3 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 214.3 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 458.5 miles away from Ottosen center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 215.1 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 Humboldt County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 5, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ottosen topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Ottosen:

  • HUMBOLDT COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPI (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • QHC HUMBOLDT NORTH, LLC (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - ALGONA (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ALGONA, IA)
  • NORTH IOWA MERCY DIALYSIS CENTER - ALGONA (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; ALGONA, IA)
  • HOSPICE OF THE HEARTLAND (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ALGONA, IA)
  • KOSSUTH REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 14 miles away; ALGONA, IA)
  • ALGONA MANOR CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; ALGONA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ottosen:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 30 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,682)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 42 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Buena Vista University (about 46 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 66 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Iowa State University (about 71 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Riverland Community College (about 88 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 89 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)

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Notable locations in Ottosen: Farmers Co-op Elevator (A), Ottosen (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Ottosen: Trinity Lutheran Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Humboldt 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 70.0. This is about average.

City:

70.0
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 34.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.5
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.73. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.73
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 0.0%
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  73.9%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  0.0%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Ottosen compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black 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.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (86%)
  • Electricity (10%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ottosen city (based on Humboldt County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 85.19%
Here: 85.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents34.4%26.2%18.7%11.6%9.1%
Congregations44.4%16.7%11.1%11.1%16.7%
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: 2
Humboldt County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Humboldt County:

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Here:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.5%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Humboldt County:

27.9%
Iowa:

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

12.7%
State:

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
Financial Administration 0$0 1$191
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$220
Water Supply 0$0 1$59
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$417
Totals for Government 0$0 10$887

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $19,000 ($452.38)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($166.67)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,000 ($95.24)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($47.62)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($47.62)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $7,000 ($166.67)
    Fire Protection: $5,000 ($119.05)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,000 ($47.62)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $3,000 ($71.43)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($47.62)
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $0 ($0.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,000 ($166.67)
  • Tax - Property: $23,000 ($547.62)
    Total General Sales: $1,000 ($23.81)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $10,000 ($238.10)

4.67% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,720 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.67%
Iowa average:

5.75%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Webster County, IA  0.95% ($25,946 average AGI)
from Hamilton County, IA  0.26% ($22,600)


5.26% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,102 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.26%
Iowa average:

5.94%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Webster County, IA  0.77% ($53,500 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.43% ($33,059)
to Pocahontas County, IA  0.36% ($85,786)

Strongest AM radio stations in Ottosen:

  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))

Strongest FM radio stations in Ottosen:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KIAQ (96.9 FM; CLARION, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KHBT (97.7 FM; HUMBOLDT, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KKEZ (94.5 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Ottosen:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • Se 1/4 Sec 27 Garfield Twp (Lat: 42.920250 Lon: -94.191917), Call Sign: KNEQ620, Licensee ID: L00062170
    Assigned Frequencies: 452.125 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/07/2002, Expiration Date: 02/17/2013, Cancellation Date: 04/20/2013
    Registrant: Jerome E Bauer, 409 110th St, Ottosen, IA 50570, Phone: (515) 379-1541
  • 1 1/2 Mi E 1/2 Mi N (Lat: 42.899694 Lon: -94.351639), Call Sign: KNEU857
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.950 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/31/1997, Expiration Date: 01/25/2003, Cancellation Date: 04/27/2003
    Registrant: Larry L Telford, Rr, Ottosen, IA 50570
  • Lat: 42.860833 Lon: -94.408056, Call Sign: WQAU974
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.100 MHz, 469.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/11/2004, Expiration Date: 08/11/2014, Certifier: Michael A Jacobson
    Registrant: Electronic Specialties Inc, 2103 Highway 169 North, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: (515) 295-7752, Fax: (515) 295-7238, Email:

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