Rock Rapids, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 2,549 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.9%
 
Males: 1,221  (47.9%)
Females: 1,328  (52.1%)
Median resident age:

40.2 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 51246.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $52,139 (it was $35,135 in 2000)
Rock Rapids:

$52,139
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,294 (it was $18,035 in 2000)

Rock Rapids city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $114,776 (it was $63,200 in 2000)
Rock Rapids:

$114,776
IA:

$149,100

Median gross rent in 2017: $478.

March 2019 cost of living index in Rock Rapids: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 6.6%
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  • Races in Rock Rapids, IA (2010)
    • 2,47997.3%White alone
    • 451.8%Hispanic
    • 150.6%Two or more races
    • 40.2%Black alone
    • 30.1%Asian alone
    • 20.08%American Indian alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Rock Rapids, Iowa as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Rock Rapids is 173 to 1.



Full-time law enforcement employees in 2013, including police officers: 1 (1 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

0.38
Iowa average:

1.67
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Ancestries: German (45.5%), Dutch (26.3%), American (7.2%), English (5.2%), European (3.7%), Polish (2.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/8/1885

Elevation: 1345 feet

Land area: 3.96 square miles.

Population density: 644 people per square mile   (low).

Rock Rapids, Iowa map

21 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.8%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,045 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,019 (1.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (29.2 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (150.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (445.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Steen, MN (2.8 miles),
Lester, IA (2.9 miles ),
Alvord, IA (3.0 miles),
Ellsworth, MN (3.1 miles ),
George, IA (3.2 miles ),
Doon, IA (3.3 miles ),
Hills, MN (3.4 miles ),
Larchwood, IA (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 43.43 N, Longitude: 96.17 W

Area code: 712

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

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 7 buildings, average cost: $77,400
  • 1998: 5 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 1999: 7 buildings, average cost: $117,000
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2001: 3 buildings, average cost: $93,300
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $157,000
  • 2004: 10 buildings, average cost: $149,000
  • 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $221,300
  • 2006: 18 buildings, average cost: $124,600
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $220,000
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $239,000
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $235,700
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $183,300
  • 2012: 12 buildings, average cost: $181,300
  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $280,600
  • 2014: 16 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2015: 9 buildings, average cost: $281,100
  • 2016: 6 buildings, average cost: $254,500
  • 2017: 8 buildings, average cost: $166,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Rock Rapids, IA residents
Average permit cost in Rock Rapids, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

1.8%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Rock Rapids, IA
Historical housing units in Rock Rapids, IA
Most common industries in Rock Rapids, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (9.6%)
  • Educational services (8.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.0%)
  • Construction (5.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (9.0%)
  • Educational services (7.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.0%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.6%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.4%)
  • Machinery (5.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (16.2%)
  • Educational services (9.4%)
  • Apparel (7.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Rock Rapids, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.2%)
  • Registered nurses (4.2%)

Average climate in Rock Rapids, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Rock Rapids-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 86% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1992, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 26.8 miles away from the Rock Rapids city center killed one person and injured 35 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 8/7/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 16.3 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rock Rapids-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 74% 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 155.1 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 170.6 miles away from Rock Rapids 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 145.1 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 155.5 miles away from the city 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 118.1 miles away from the city center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 94.0 miles away from Rock Rapids center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lyon County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 4, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rock Rapids topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Rock Rapids:

  • SANFORD ROCK RAPIDS MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 801 SOUTH GREENE STREET)
  • HEALTH SERVICES OF LYON COUNTY (315 FIRST AVENUE)
  • LYON MANOR NURSING AND REHAB CTR (1010 SOUTH UNION)
  • ROCK RAPIDS HEALTH CENTRE (703 SOUTH UNION)

Airports and heliports located in Rock Rapids:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rock Rapids:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 33 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • University of South Dakota (about 59 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 66 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 67 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • South Dakota State University (about 69 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Buena Vista University (about 73 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 74 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)

Public high school in Rock Rapids:

Public elementary/middle schools in Rock Rapids:

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Library in Rock Rapids:

  • ROCK RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $125,961; Location: 102 S GREENE ST; 37,399 books; 2,222 audio materials; 857 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 56 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Rock Rapids: Lyon County Fairgrounds (A), Island Park Campground (B), Westside Park Campground (C), Farmers Cooperative Exchange Elevator (D), Lyon County Ambulance (E), Rock Rapids Fire Department (F), Rock Rapids Police Department (G), Lyon County Historical Society Museum Complex (H), Lyon County Courthouse (I), Rock Rapids Public Library (J), Lyon County Sheriffs Office (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Rock Rapids include: Christian Reformed Church (A), United Methodist Church (B), Peace Lutheran Church (C), Holy Name Catholic Church (D), Christian Church (E), First Reformed Church (F), Immanuel Lutheran Church (G), Congregational United Church (H), Faith Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Moon Creek (A), Tom Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Rock Rapids include: Emma Sater Park (1), Westside Park (2), Island Park (3), Kiwanis Park (4), Site of First White Mans Home in Lyon County Historical Marker (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Winegar Roger and Valerie (810 1st Avenue), Jay's Western Motel (810 1st Avenue).

Lyon 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:

2.3 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

63.6%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

3.2%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
68 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
17 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
104 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Rock Rapids (2011 data):

  • U.S. Bank National Association: Rock Rapids Branch at 203 South 2nd Avenue, branch established on 1945/12/07. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Frontier Bank: at 301 First Avenue, branch established on 1994/06/24. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $155.6 mil, Deposits: $110.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices
  • Premier Bank: Rock Rapids Branch at 710 First Avenue, branch established on 2004/01/26. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $236.5 mil, Deposits: $188.1 mil, headquarters in Rock Valley, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Premier Holdings, Ltd

For population 15 years and over in Rock Rapids:

Marital status in Rock Rapids, IA
  • Never married: 17.3%
  • Now married: 65.7%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 9.4%
  • Divorced: 6.5%

For population 25 years and over in Rock Rapids:

  • High school or higher: 90.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.8%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.0
Iowa average:

10.5

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

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Religion statistics for Rock Rapids, IA (based on Lyon County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,63122
Evangelical Protestant3,19314
Catholic1,2663
Other1-
None1,490-
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: 7
Lyon County:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Lyon County:

8.00 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Lyon County:

5.33 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

7.8%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.2%
Iowa:

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

12.2%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Rock Rapids:

49.6%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

45.3%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.8
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Rock Rapids:

24.1%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.6%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Rock Rapids:

34.8%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

53.6%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Rock Rapids:

74.6%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Rock Rapids, 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
Streets and Highways 5$16,589$39,8140$0
Electric Power 4$19,118$57,3540$0
Gas Supply 3$11,855$47,4200$0
Other and Unallocable 2$7,232$43,3920$0
Other Government Administration 2$8,182$49,09210$1,262
Sewerage 2$7,582$45,4920$0
Water Supply 2$7,420$44,5200$0
Local Libraries 1$3,066$36,7925$4,051
Police Protection - Officers 1$4,367$52,4040$0
Airports 0$0 1$1,519
Totals for Government 22$85,411$46,58816$6,832

Rock Rapids government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $683,000 ($267.95)
    Electric Utilities: $616,000 ($241.66)
    General - Other: $365,000 ($143.19)
    Sewerage: $122,000 ($47.86)
    Air Transportation: $76,000 ($29.82)
    Gas Utilities: $72,000 ($28.25)
    Regular Highways: $54,000 ($21.18)
    Parks and Recreation: $40,000 ($15.69)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $1,955,000 ($766.97)
    Gas Utilities: $880,000 ($345.23)
    Water Utilities: $392,000 ($153.79)
    General - Other: $388,000 ($152.22)
    Parks and Recreation: $304,000 ($119.26)
    Regular Highways: $240,000 ($94.15)
    Sewerage: $220,000 ($86.31)
    Solid Waste Management: $173,000 ($67.87)
    Financial Administration: $171,000 ($67.09)
    Libraries: $149,000 ($58.45)
    Police Protection: $93,000 ($36.48)
    Air Transportation: $90,000 ($35.31)
    Local Fire Protection: $49,000 ($19.22)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $36,000 ($14.12)
    Central Staff Services: $12,000 ($4.71)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000 ($2.35)
    Health - Other: $3,000 ($1.18)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $117,000 ($45.90)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $115,000 ($45.12)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $67,000 ($26.28)
    Local Fire Protection: $44,000 ($17.26)
    Regular Highways: $26,000 ($10.20)
    Parks and Recreation: $15,000 ($5.88)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,147,000 ($449.98)

Rock Rapids government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $243,000 ($95.33)
    Solid Waste Management: $203,000 ($79.64)
    Parks and Recreation: $85,000 ($33.35)
    Air Transportation: $46,000 ($18.05)
    Other: $36,000 ($14.12)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $12,000 ($4.71)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $397,000 ($155.75)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $60,000 ($23.54)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $310,000 ($121.62)
    Interest Earnings: $121,000 ($47.47)
    Special Assessments: $62,000 ($24.32)
    Rents: $38,000 ($14.91)
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,000 ($0.78)
    Sale of Property: $1,000 ($0.39)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $2,063,000 ($809.34)
    Gas Utilities: $932,000 ($365.63)
    Water Utilities: $516,000 ($202.43)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $242,000 ($94.94)
    Other: $5,000 ($1.96)
  • Tax - Property: $1,486,000 ($582.97)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $287,000 ($112.59)
    Other License: $9,000 ($3.53)
    Other Selective Sales: $2,000 ($0.78)

Rock Rapids government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,850,000 ($1510.40)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,635,000 ($1426.05)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,060,000 ($808.16)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,845,000 ($723.81)

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

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,014,000 ($397.80)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,116,000 ($2399.37)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $122,000 ($47.86)

3.80% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($42,783 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.80%
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 Sioux County, IA  0.85% ($48,595 average AGI)
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.82% ($36,694)


4.28% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($51,644 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.28%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  1.16% ($48,235 average AGI)
to Sioux County, IA  0.93% ($78,366)
Businesses in Rock Rapids, IA
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Strongest AM radio stations in Rock Rapids:

  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KELO (1320 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KQAD (800 AM; 1 kW; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KWOA (730 AM; 1 kW; WORTHINGTON, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rock Rapids:

  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KNWC-FM (96.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KLQL (101.1 FM; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KMXC (97.3 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KISD (98.7 FM; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KJOE (106.1 FM; SLAYTON, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KWOA-FM (95.1 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KDCR (88.5 FM; SIOUX CENTER, IA; Owner: DORDT COLLEGE, INC.)
  • KNSW (91.7 FM; WORTHINGTON-MARSHALL, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KIHK (106.9 FM; ROCK VALLEY, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KSOU-FM (93.9 FM; SIOUX CENTER, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KYBB (102.7 FM; CANTON, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA B/C COMPANY)
  • KITN (93.5 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KIWA-FM (105.3 FM; SHELDON, IA; Owner: SHELDON BROADCASTING CO., INC)

TV broadcast stations around Rock Rapids:

  • K25AA (Channel 25; ROCK RAPIDS, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KAUN (Channel 36; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K07TY (Channel 7; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: NOBLES BROADCASTING CO., LTD.)
  • KMEG (Channel 14; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPTH (Channel 44; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF SIOUX CITY)
  • KTIV (Channel 4; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: KTIV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KSMN (Channel 20; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • K33AB (Channel 33; SIBLEY, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K15EB (Channel 15; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K56GF (Channel 56; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
Rock Rapids fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017

Rock Rapids fatal accident list:

Dec 30, 2005 03:20 PM, Us-75, Lat: 43.421010, Lon: -96.175650, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Sep 4, 2001 09:25 PM, Sr-9, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Dec 28, 1991 02:38 PM, 9, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Mar 14, 1979 06:18 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 29Number of bridges
  • 259ft / 78.6mTotal length
  • 18,289Total average daily traffic
  • 2,058Total average daily truck traffic
  • 18,289Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Rock Rapids, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31900-1909
  • 11910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 51960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Rock Rapids, 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 fire incidents per year is 8. The highest number of fires - 25 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2006. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Rock Rapids, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires (27.3%), and Structure Fires (25.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Rock Rapids, IA
    • 3527.3%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 3325.8%Structure Fires
    • 3225.0%Outside Fires
    • 2821.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Rock Rapids, IA
Most common first names in Rock Rapids, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6577.6 years
William3380.6 years
Henry3380.7 years
Mary1983.8 years
Anna1984.6 years
George1880.9 years
Helen1882.8 years
Robert1763.9 years
Jennie1686.2 years
Walter1679.5 years
Most common last names in Rock Rapids, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kahl1481.9 years
Huisman1471.9 years
Johnson1481.7 years
Vogel1289.3 years
Anderson1078.3 years
Borman1078.2 years
Menage971.9 years
Timmerman973.4 years
Dirks978.8 years
Brown976.6 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Rock Rapids, IA
  • 77.9%Utility gas
  • 18.0%Electricity
  • 3.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Rock Rapids, IA
  • 52.7%Utility gas
  • 41.6%Electricity
  • 5.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Rock Rapids compared to Iowa 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.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There are 7 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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