Ottosen, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 37 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -39.3%
 
Males: 12  (34.9%)
Females: 25  (65.1%)
Median resident age:

54.2 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip code: 50570

Estimated median household income in 2017: $50,454 (it was $34,000 in 2000)
Ottosen:

$50,454
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,356 (it was $15,525 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $22,701 (it was $12,500 in 2000)
Ottosen:

$22,701
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $38,288; detached houses: $38,362

Median gross rent in 2017: $504.

March 2019 cost of living index in Ottosen: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 36.5%
(26.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Ottosen, IA (2010)
    • 4989.1%White alone
    • 47.3%Two or more races
    • 23.6%Hispanic
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Ancestries: Norwegian (41.4%), English (13.8%), German (13.8%), Irish (6.9%), Scotch-Irish (6.9%), French (3.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/16/1909

Elevation: 1163 feet

Land area: 0.57 square miles.

Population density: 65 people per square mile   (very low).

Ottosen, Iowa map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $297 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $444 (2.9%)

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

Distribution of median household income in Ottosen, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ottosen, IA in 2017

Ottosen satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.9%
Iowa:

2.8%

Average climate in Ottosen, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Ottosen, Iowa average temperatures Ottosen, Iowa average precipitation Ottosen, Iowa humidity Ottosen, Iowa wind speed Ottosen, Iowa snowfall Ottosen, Iowa sunshine Ottosen, Iowa clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.9. This is about average.

City:

70.9
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 32.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 19.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

19.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.56. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.56
U.S.:

8.46

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 Ottosen 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 Ottosen 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 (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 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)

Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Ottosen:

Marital status in Ottosen, IA
  • Never married: 24.2%
  • Now married: 59.5%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.5%
  • Divorced: 12.8%

For population 25 years and over in Ottosen:

  • High school or higher: 84.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.0
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ottosen, IA (based on Humboldt County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,6139
Evangelical Protestant1,7417
Catholic1,3172
Other-1
None2,144-
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
This county:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.5%
State:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.9%
State:

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

12.7%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Ottosen:

48.6%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Ottosen:

49.7%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Ottosen:

29.7
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.6%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

8.8%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Ottosen:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Ottosen:

46.7%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Ottosen:

56.6%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

81.7%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Ottosen, 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
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$417
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$220
Financial Administration 0$0 1$191
Water Supply 0$0 1$59
Totals for Government 0$0 10$887

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $13,000 ($351.35)
    Water Utilities: $6,000 ($162.16)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($108.11)
    Solid Waste Management: $4,000 ($108.11)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($54.05)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($54.05)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($54.05)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($27.03)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($27.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($27.03)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($27.03)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,000 ($216.22)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,000 ($81.08)
    Other: $1,000 ($27.03)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $2,000 ($54.05)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $6,000 ($162.16)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,000 ($81.08)
  • Tax - Property: $25,000 ($675.68)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $5,000 ($135.14)

Ottosen government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $35,000 ($945.95)
    Beginning: $25,000 ($675.68)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $35,000 ($945.95)

4.80% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($52,607 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
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 Webster County, IA  1.23% ($39,660 average AGI)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 11Number of bridges
  • 108ft / 33.3mTotal length
  • 1,680Total average daily traffic
  • 396Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,680Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Ottosen, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11950-1959
  • 41970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 22000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Ottosen, IA

FCC Registered Broadcast 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, Cancellation Date: 10/11/2014, Certifier: Michael A Jacobson, Registrant: Electronic Specialties Inc, 2103 Highway 169 North, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: (515) 295-7752, Fax: (515) 295-7238, Email:

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Ottosen, IA
  • 81.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 19.0%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Ottosen, IA
  • 55.6%Electricity
  • 44.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Ottosen compared to Iowa state average:

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