Ralston, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 78 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -20.4%
 
Males: 34  (44.4%)
Females: 44  (55.6%)
Median resident age:  40.3 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 51459, 51462.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $47,756 (it was $34,375 in 2000)
Ralston:

$47,756
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,407 (it was $15,746 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $43,127 (it was $31,300 in 2000)
Ralston:

$43,127
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $82,800; Detached houses: $82,800

Median gross rent in 2012: $522.

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ralston: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (33.3%), English (20.8%), Norwegian (18.2%), Italian (5.7%), Dutch (5.0%), United States (5.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/31/1903

Elevation: 1130 feet

Land area: 1.98 square miles.

Population density: 39 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).
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For population 25 years and over in Ralston:

  • High school or higher: 90.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Ralston city:

  • Never married: 25.0%
  • Now married: 55.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 10.5%
  • Divorced: 8.5%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Ralston, Iowa as of January 27, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Ralston to the number of sex offenders is 78 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $290 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $420 (1.2%)

Ralston satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (51.3 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (89.6 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (357.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Scranton, IA (2.1 miles ), Glidden, IA (2.3 miles ), Lidderdale, IA (3.1 miles) , Lanesboro, IA (3.2 miles) , Willey, IA (3.3 miles) , Churdan, IA (3.3 miles ), Coon Rapids, IA (3.5 miles ), Carroll, IA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 42.04 N, Longitude: 94.63 W

Area code: 712

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

3.2%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -30 (-23.4%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Wholesale trade (25%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Construction (18%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (13%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (39%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (9%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)

Average climate in Ralston, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Ralston-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 97% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.4 miles away from the Ralston city center injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 tornado 14.0 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ralston-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 79% 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 260.5 miles away from the city 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 223.5 miles away from Ralston center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 284.1 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 433.9 miles away from the city center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 108.5 miles away from Ralston center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 152.5 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 Carroll County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ralston topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Ralston:

  • NEW HOPE VILLAGE (Hospital, about 12 miles away; CARROLL, IA)
  • ST ANTHONY'S REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; CARROLL, IA)
  • REGENCY PARK NURSING AND REHAB CENTER OF CARROLL (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; CARROLL, IA)
  • THOMAS REST HAVEN (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; COON RAPIDS, IA)
  • ST ANTHONY HOME HEALTH/HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; CARROLL, IA)
  • SAINT ANTHONYS REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; CARROLL, IA)
  • ST ANTHONY REGIONAL HOSPITAL & NURSIING HOME Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; CARROLL, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ralston:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 38 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,682)
  • Iowa State University (about 51 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Buena Vista University (about 51 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 58 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 59 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Iowa Western Community College (about 81 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; FT enrollment: 5,344)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area (about 86 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 12,236)

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Notable locations in Ralston: Ralston Volunteer Fire Department (A), Ralston Community Building (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Carroll County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 3.7%
Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  50.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.9%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Ralston compared to Iowa state average:

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

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (80%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Ralston city (based on Carroll County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 85.81%
Here: 85.8%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents63.8%14.2%10.1%3.7%2.8%
Congregations35.7%11.9%11.9%11.9%4.8%
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Friends (Quakers)General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents1.8%0.9%0.8%0.8%1.3%
Congregations2.4%4.8%4.8%2.4%9.5%
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: 8
Carroll County:

3.82 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
Carroll County:

7.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Here:

10.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Carroll County:

26.4%
Iowa:

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

13.5%
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 1$561
Totals for Government 0$0 1$561

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $25,000 ($320.51)
    Sewerage: $20,000 ($256.41)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $8,000 ($102.56)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($89.74)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($64.10)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($51.28)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($38.46)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($25.64)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($12.82)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($12.82)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($12.82)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,000 ($25.64)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $1,000 ($12.82)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $2,000 ($25.64)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($25.64)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $6,000 ($76.92)

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

  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,000 ($51.28)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($12.82)
    Rents: $1,000 ($12.82)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $8,000 ($102.56)
  • Tax - Property: $121,000 ($1551.28)

Ralston government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $40,000 ($512.82)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $14,000 ($179.49)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $26,000 ($333.33)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $21,000 ($269.23)

4.37% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200531,703 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.37%
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 Sac County, IA  0.35% ($27,724 average AGI)
from Crawford County, IA  0.32% ($22,538)
from Audubon County, IA  0.27% ($25,818)


5.82% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200632,922 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.82%
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 Polk County, IA  0.94% ($34,899 average AGI)
to Story County, IA  0.36% ($32,267)
to Crawford County, IA  0.33% ($24,964)

Strongest AM radio stations in Ralston:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KCIM (1380 AM; 1 kW; CARROLL, IA; Owner: CARROLL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ralston:

  • KGRA (98.9 FM; JEFFERSON, IA; Owner: COON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • KWOI (90.7 FM; CARROLL, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KKRL (93.7 FM; CARROLL, IA; Owner: CARROLL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KIKD (106.7 FM; LAKE CITY, IA; Owner: CARROLL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Ralston:

  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Anthony E Ortolani, 21631 "a" Ave. (Lat: 42.041222 Lon: -94.630444), Type: 96.0, Overall height: 96 m
    Registrant: 8567823700, Aeo@ce-Llc.Com, 479 CENTENNIAL BLVD.
  • Anthony E Ortolani, 21631 "a" Ave. (Lat: 42.041222 Lon: -94.630444), Type: 96.0, Overall height: 96 m
    Registrant: 8567823700, Aeo@ce-Llc.Com, 479 CENTENNIAL BLVD.
  • Andrew F Thompson, 21631 "a" Ave. (Lat: 42.041222 Lon: -94.630444), Type: 96.0, Overall height: 96 m
    Registrant: 8567823700, Athompson@ce-Llc.Com, 479 CENTENNIAL BLVD.

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • STATION, 100 Main St (Lat: 42.043861 Lon: -94.642750), Structure height: 66.1 m, Call Sign: WNEU286
    Assigned Frequencies: 2137.20 MHz, 2142.00 MHz, 2130.80 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/05/1998, Expiration Date: 03/09/2008, Cancellation Date: 05/10/2008
    Registrant: Phone: (515) 628-1724
  • STATION, 100 Main St (Lat: 42.041083 Lon: -94.638028), Structure height: 53.3 m, Overall height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WNTA606
    Assigned Frequencies: 952.087 MHz, 928.087 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/1994, Expiration Date: 12/20/1999, Cancellation Date: 03/25/2000
    Registrant: Phone: (515) 432-8602

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