Rathbun, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 83 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -5.7%
 
Males: 42  (51.2%)
Females: 41  (48.8%)
Median resident age:

62.5 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip code: 52544

Estimated median household income in 2017: $59,358 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Rathbun:

$59,358
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,139 (it was $14,749 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $66,650 (it was $36,700 in 2000)
Rathbun:

$66,650
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $81,433; detached houses: $86,774; mobile homes: $29,375
March 2019 cost of living index in Rathbun: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 1.2%
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  • Races in Rathbun, IA (2010)
    • 8797.8%White alone
    • 11.1%Two or more races
    • 11.1%Hispanic
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Ancestries: Croatian (29.3%), English (17.1%), American (12.2%), German (12.2%), Irish (12.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 03/1/1894

Elevation: 901 feet

Land area: 0.22 square miles.

Population density: 386 people per square mile   (very low).

Rathbun, Iowa map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Rathbun city:

0.7% ($270)
Iowa:

1.3% ($1,077)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (66.6 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Kansas City, MO (148.5 miles , pop. 441,545).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (279.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Mystic, IA (1.8 miles ),
Centerville, IA (2.2 miles ),
Moravia, IA (2.7 miles ),
Udell, IA (2.8 miles),
Plano, IA (3.0 miles),
Numa, IA (3.1 miles),
Unionville, IA (3.2 miles),
Exline, IA (3.3 miles)

Latitude: 40.80 N, Longitude: 92.89 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 641

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

Rathbun satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.2%
Iowa:

2.8%

Average climate in Rathbun, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Rathbun-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 50% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/20/1959, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 4.8 miles away from the Rathbun city center injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1953, a category F4 tornado 20.0 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rathbun-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% 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 312.1 miles away from Rathbun 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 299.0 miles away from Rathbun 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 309.3 miles away from Rathbun 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 335.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 336.5 miles away from Rathbun 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 312.9 miles away from the city 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 Appanoose County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rathbun topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Rathbun:

  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER - CENTERVILLE (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • CENTERVILLE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • CENTERVILLE NURSING AND REHAB CE (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • APPANOOSE COUNTY PHNS (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • GOLDEN AGE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • GOLDEN AGE SKILLED NURSING AND R (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; CENTERVILLE, IA)
  • MONROE COUNTY PHNS (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; ALBIA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rathbun:

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 31 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,034)
  • Truman State University (about 46 miles; Kirksville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,553)
  • Drake University (about 69 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 74 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 90 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • University of Iowa (about 93 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
  • Iowa State University (about 94 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)

Points of interest:

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Birthplace of: Inez Voyce - Baseball player.

Appanoose 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:

2.1 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

64.3%
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 Rathbun:

Marital status in Rathbun, IA
  • Never married: 12.1%
  • Now married: 70.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.8%
  • Divorced: 14.1%

For population 25 years and over in Rathbun:

  • High school or higher: 98.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rathbun, IA (based on Appanoose County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,20512
Evangelical Protestant1,67920
Catholic1,0941
Other1061
None7,803-
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: 6
Here:

4.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.77 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Here:

6.93 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Here:

9.24 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.1%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Appanoose County:

27.7%
Iowa:

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

15.3%
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
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$249
Totals for Government 0$0 7$249

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

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $42,000 ($506.02)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,000 ($72.29)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($60.24)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($24.10)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($24.10)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($12.05)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,000 ($12.05)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($12.05)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,000 ($48.19)

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

  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $13,000 ($156.63)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($12.05)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,000 ($72.29)
  • Tax - Property: $10,000 ($120.48)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,000 ($72.29)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000 ($24.10)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rathbun:

  • KCOG (1400 AM; 1 kW; CENTERVILLE, IA; Owner: KCOG, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLBA (1370 AM; 1 kW; ALBIA, IA; Owner: H & H BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KKHK (1250 AM; 25 kW; KANSAS CITY, KS)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rathbun:

  • KMGO (98.7 FM; CENTERVILLE, IA; Owner: KMGO, INC.)
  • KLBA-FM (96.7 FM; ALBIA, IA; Owner: H & H BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KKSI (101.5 FM; EDDYVILLE, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KELR-FM (105.3 FM; CHARITON, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOJY (106.9 FM; BLOOMFIELD, IA; Owner: HORIZON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOTM-FM (97.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Rathbun:

  • KTVO (Channel 3; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Owner: KTVO LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K51FJ (Channel 51; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K65GA (Channel 65; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K10OO (Channel 10; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: RICHARD P. JACKSON, JR.)
  • K31ED (Channel 31; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K53FC (Channel 53; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K58ER (Channel 58; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K21EM (Channel 21; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K33AA (Channel 33; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 95ft / 28.9mTotal length
  • 5,685Total average daily traffic
  • 397Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,685Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Rathbun, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 41950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 11990-1999
  • 32000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Rathbun, IA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

1
  • 3.2 Km N (Lat: 40.812778 Lon: -92.893056), Type: 91.0, Overall height: 88 m, Registrant: Rathbun Regional Water Assoc Inc, Cente-rville, Phone: (515) 647-2416

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Water Treatment Plant .75 Mi N (Lat: 40.812778 Lon: -92.892972), Call Sign: WCJ203, Licensee ID: L00101556,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.396 MHz, Grant Date: 11/22/2011, Expiration Date: 01/30/2022, Registrant: Rathbun Regional Water Assn Inc, Rr 3, Centerville, IA 52544, Phone: (515) 647-2416

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: WD0GNJ, Licensee ID: L00598123, Grant Date: 06/07/2016, Expiration Date: 04/17/2026, Certifier: Kathleen A Pitts, Registrant: Kathleen A Pitts, 300 Maple St, Rathbun, IA 52544-2379
  • Call Sign: N0AMI, Previous Call Sign: W0AMI, Licensee ID: L00806515, Grant Date: 11/01/2016, Expiration Date: 09/30/2026, Certifier: James R Pitts, Registrant: James R Pitts, 300 Maple Street, Rathbun, IA 52544-2379

Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rathbun, IA
  • 55.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 37.8%Electricity
  • 4.4%Utility gas
  • 2.2%Other fuel


Rathbun 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.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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