Spencer, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 11,150 (98% urban, 2% rural). Population change since 2000: -1.5%
 
Males: 5,285  (47.4%)
Females: 5,865  (52.6%)
Median resident age:  41.5 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 51301.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $44,872 (it was $32,970 in 2000)
Spencer:

$44,872
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $27,203 (it was $19,153 in 2000)

Spencer city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $109,049 (it was $80,700 in 2000)
Spencer:

$109,049
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $122,820; Detached houses: $127,403; Townhouses or other attached units: $146,192; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $109,604; Mobile homes: $9,573

Median gross rent in 2012: $536.

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  • White alone - 10,563 (93.5%)
  • Hispanic - 459 (4.1%)
  • Two or more races - 140 (1.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 93 (0.8%)
  • Asian alone - 40 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 7 (0.06%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.02%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Spencer: 80.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (36.2%), Irish (12.4%), Norwegian (9.7%), English (6.9%), Dutch (3.5%), Swedish (3.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/13/1892

Elevation: 1321 feet

Land area: 10.1 square miles.

Population density: 1,102 people per square mile   (low).

Spencer,IA real estate house value index trend

Spencer, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Spencer:

  • High school or higher: 93.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Spencer city:

  • Never married: 21.7%
  • Now married: 57.3%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

297 residents are foreign born (0.9% Asia).

This city:  2.6%
Iowa:  4.3%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 20 registered sex offenders living in Spencer, Iowa as of May 05, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Spencer to the number of sex offenders is 560 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,409 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,467 (1.5%)

Spencer satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (77.6 miles , pop. 85,013).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (137.7 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (391.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Dickens, IA (2.5 miles ), Fostoria, IA (2.6 miles ), Greenville, IA (3.0 miles) , Royal, IA (3.0 miles ), Everly, IA (3.0 miles ), Rossie, IA (3.1 miles) , Gillett Grove, IA (3.3 miles) , Ruthven, IA (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 18 buildings, average cost: $119,800
  • 1998: 29 buildings, average cost: $123,700
  • 1999: 27 buildings, average cost: $125,500
  • 2000: 32 buildings, average cost: $109,900
  • 2001: 31 buildings, average cost: $125,700
  • 2002: 30 buildings, average cost: $106,600
  • 2003: 22 buildings, average cost: $147,400
  • 2004: 32 buildings, average cost: $180,600
  • 2005: 26 buildings, average cost: $147,600
  • 2006: 24 buildings, average cost: $163,800
  • 2007: 15 buildings, average cost: $183,100
  • 2008: 11 buildings, average cost: $230,200
  • 2009: 13 buildings, average cost: $203,500
  • 2010: 9 buildings, average cost: $232,900
  • 2011: 4 buildings, average cost: $203,800
  • 2012: 30 buildings, average cost: $140,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 43.15 N, Longitude: 95.15 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,976 (+17.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,544 (79.3%)

Area code: 712

Spencer household income distribution Spencer home values distribution

Crime rates in Spencer by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012
Murders 000100000021
per 100,000 0.00.00.08.90.00.00.00.00.00.017.78.9
Rapes 100000000000
per 100,000 8.80.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Robberies 130000010200
per 100,000 8.826.50.00.00.00.00.09.10.018.30.00.0
Assaults 102000100001
per 100,000 8.80.017.60.00.00.08.90.00.00.00.08.9
Burglaries 50535598555872641359110994
per 100,000 440.8468.8484.2873.1488.5522.2644.2581.01232.7831.1965.3837.5
Thefts 268238288297248258258295247202147147
per 100,000 2362.72105.32535.72646.12202.72322.92308.52678.22255.31844.91301.81309.7
Auto thefts 1415122118111510211511
per 100,000 123.4132.7105.7187.1159.999.0134.290.818.39.1132.898.0
Arson 032010002210
per 100,000 0.026.517.60.08.90.00.00.018.318.38.90.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 304.0) 144.4133.5145.0196.7133.0135.3147.7155.4175.2136.1163.2136.3

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Spencer detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 27 (19 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.69
Iowa average:

1.72
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

3.8%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +66 (+0.6%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

Work and jobs in Spencer: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Spencer, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Spencer, Iowa average temperatures Spencer, Iowa average precipitation Spencer, Iowa humidity Spencer, Iowa wind speed Spencer, Iowa snowfall Spencer, Iowa sunshine Spencer, Iowa clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Spencer-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 73% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/23/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 21.9 miles away from the Spencer city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 9/20/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.4 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Spencer-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 78% 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 180.1 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 225.6 miles away from Spencer 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 191.5 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 183.8 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 172.8 miles away from Spencer center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 129.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Clay County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Spencer topographic map

Birthplace of: Richard L. Tierney - Poet, Robert Suderburg - Composer, Brian Haak - College basketball player (Northern Iowa Panthers), Donald Floyd Gleason - Pathologist, Lynn Wardlow - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers in Spencer:

  • HOSPICE OF NORTHWEST IOWA (1200 FIRST AVENUE EAST)
  • SPENCER MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL (Government - Local, 1200 1ST AVENUE EAST)
  • MILTON AND ETHEL WARNER DIALYSIS UNIT - SPENCER (1200 FIRST AVE EAST)
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES (1200 1ST AVE EAST)
  • LONGHOUSE-NORTHSHIRE, LTD (711 WEST 11TH STREET)
  • ST LUKE LUTHERAN HOME (1301 SAINT LUKE DRIVE)

Airports and heliports located in Spencer:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Spencer:

  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 24 miles; Estherville, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,311)
  • Buena Vista University (about 35 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 67 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 77 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 88 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • South Central College (about 90 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 91 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)

Public high school in Spencer:

Public elementary/middle schools in Spencer:

Private elementary/middle schools in Spencer:

  • SACRED HEART SCHOOL (Students: 189; Location: 1111 4TH AVE W; Grades: PK - 6)
  • IOWA GREAT LAKES LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 34; Location: 500 4TH AVE SW; Grades: KG - 6)
See full list of schools located in Spencer

Library in Spencer:

  • SPENCER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $474,218; Location: 21 E 3RD ST; 48,693 books; 2,164 audio materials; 1,319 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 162 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School is now up and running as a private school with a religious background.

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Notable locations in Spencer: Spencer Country Club (A), Clay County Fairground (B), Spencer Municipal Golf Course (C), Spencer (D), Spencer Campground (E), Farmers Co-op Elevator Company Elevator (F), Clay County Jail (G), Spencer Police Department (H), Clay County Sheriffs Office (I), Clay County Law Library (J), Parker Historical Museum (K), Spencer Fire Department (L), Spencer Public Library (M), Clay County Courthouse (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Southpark Mall (1), Gateway North Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Spencer include: Sacred Heart Catholic Church (A), First Congregational Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), Hope Reformed Church (D), Grace United Methodist Church (E), Christ the King Lutheran Church (F), Seventh Day Adventist Church (G), Harvest Evangelical Free Church (H), Church of Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Riverside Cemetery (1), Northlawn Memorial Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Petes Pond (A). Display/hide its location on the map

River: Ocheyedan River (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Spencer include: Fairview Park (1), Waterway Park (2), North School Park (3), Sunset Park (4), Stolley Gravel Pit Park (5), Miracle on Fourth Street Playground (6), West Leach Park (7), East Leach Park (8), Westview Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Dial-A-Story (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 21 East 3rd Street), Clay County Fair Association Inc (Tours & Charters; 1401 4th Avenue West).

Hotels: Americinn Motel & Suites (1005 13th Street Southwest), Days Inn Spencer (102 11th Street Southwest), Super 8 Spencer IA (209 11th Street Southwest), Budget Inn Motel (1004 South Grand Avenue), Hotel (605 Grand Avenue), Super 8 Motel (209 11th Street Southwest).

Courts: Clay County - County Clerk Of Court (215 West 4th Street), Clay County - Magistrate Court (215 West 4th Street).

Clay 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
(lower is better)

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 22.9 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 22.9 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 22.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.73
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Spencer and their reported violations in the past:

DOLLIVER MUNI WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 68, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-22-2014), St Public Notif requested (JAN-23-2014), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-23-2014), St Public Notif received (FEB-11-2014), St Compliance achieved (FEB-26-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
SPENCER LIVESTOCK SALES INC (Population served: 62, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
GILLETT GROVE WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 49, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-17-2010), St Public Notif requested (NOV-19-2010), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-19-2010), St Public Notif received (DEC-02-2010), St Compliance achieved (DEC-20-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-14-2007), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-14-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-14-2007), St Public Notif received (SEP-24-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAR-19-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-24-2007), St Public Notif requested (AUG-27-2007), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-27-2007), St Public Notif received (AUG-29-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAR-19-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-14-2006), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-14-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-14-2006), St Public Notif received (SEP-21-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAR-19-2007)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Spencer that have no violations reported:

  • IOWA LAKES REGIONAL WATER (Population served: 5,587, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • IOWA LAKES REGIONAL WATER (Population served: 5,587, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • IOWA LAKES REGIONAL WATER - LAKES AREA (Population served: 4,495, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • FOSTORIA MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 231, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
  • DICKENS WATER WORKS (Population served: 185, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
  • IOWA LAKES REGIONAL WATER - GRUVER (Population served: 129, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 10.7%
(9.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 27.9% for other race residents, 12.9% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  60.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.5%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Spencer in 2010:

  • 196 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 19 people in college/university student housing
  • 12 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 7 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Spencer in 2000:

  • 240 people in nursing homes
  • 31 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 12 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Spencer, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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Spencer compared to Iowa state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.

Banks with branches in Spencer (2011 data):

  • U.S. Bank National Association: Spencer Branch at 126 Grand Avenue, branch established on 1927/09/01; Clay County Fair Branch at 1404 4th Avenue West, branch established on 2000/09/09. 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
  • Northwest Bank: at 101 West 5th Street, branch established on 1988/12/30. Info updated 2012/03/07: Bank assets: $863.8 mil, Deposits: $728.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 15 total offices, Holding Company: Northwest Financial Corp.
  • Farmers Trust and Savings Bank: Farmers Trust And Savings Bank at 125 West 4th Street, branch established on 1916/04/07. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $307.8 mil, Deposits: $259.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Easter Enterprises, Inc.
  • State Bank: at 728 Grand Avenue, branch established on 1944/05/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $63.6 mil, Deposits: $58.4 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Everly Bancorporation
  • Bank of America, National Association: Spencer Branch at 705 North Grand Avenue, branch established on 1927/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Community State Bank: at 1812 Highway Boulevard, branch established on 1914/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $138.0 mil, Deposits: $116.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Community State Bancorporation

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Spencer, Iowa:

  • Americinn, 1005 13TH St SW, Spencer, IA 51301 , Phone: (712) 262-7525, Fax: (712) 262-7514
  • Days Inn Spencer, 10 11th St SE, Spencer, IA 51301 , Phone: (712) 580-4077, Fax: (712) 580-4078
  • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Spencer, 14 11th St SE, Spencer, IA 51301 , Phone: (712) 262-9123, Fax: (712) 262-4538
  • Ecno Lodge, 102 11th St SW, Spencer, IA 51301 , Phone: (712) 262-6100
  • Super 8 Spencer Ia, 209 11 th St SW, Spencer, IA 51301 , Phone: (712) 262-6100
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Spencer, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (66%)
  • Electricity (31%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Spencer city (based on Clay County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 67.89%
Here: 67.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchReformed Church in America
Adherents20.5%20.1%20.1%13.1%6.9%
Congregations10.8%8.1%27.0%8.1%5.4%
NameNational Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesChristian Church (Disciples of Christ) Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents5.6%3.3%3.0%1.4%6.1%
Congregations8.1%2.7%2.7%2.7%24.3%
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: 3
Clay County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Clay County:

5.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Here:

8.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Clay County:

28.5%
Iowa:

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

15.7%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$8,960$53,7600$0
Other Government Administration 10$48,726$58,4711$331
Police Protection - Officers 19$88,970$56,1920$0
Police - Other 8$26,161$39,2422$3,428
Firefighters 5$26,085$62,6040$0
Streets and Highways 10$40,359$48,4311$1,209
Hospitals 381$1,557,033$49,040155$370,032
Solid Waste Management 13$47,063$43,4435$6,045
Parks and Recreation 4$18,547$55,6410$0
Water Supply 5$23,411$56,1860$0
Electric Power 30$136,807$54,7231$2,657
Local Libraries 8$23,639$35,4593$4,781
Other and Unallocable 25$88,469$42,4652$2,349
Totals for Government 520$2,134,230$49,251170$390,832

Spencer government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Electric Utilities: $5,917,000 ($530.67)
    Water Utilities: $651,000 ($58.39)
    Solid Waste Management: $407,000 ($36.50)
    Sewerage: $208,000 ($18.65)
    Regular Highways: $67,000 ($6.01)
    Libraries: $15,000 ($1.35)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000 ($0.36)
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $47,347,000 ($4246.37)
    Electric Utilities: $10,099,000 ($905.74)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $4,391,000 ($393.81)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,133,000 ($191.30)
    Police Protection: $1,749,000 ($156.86)
    General - Other: $1,141,000 ($102.33)
    Financial Administration: $1,113,000 ($99.82)
    Regular Highways: $1,085,000 ($97.31)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,060,000 ($95.07)
    Sewerage: $980,000 ($87.89)
    Water Utilities: $833,000 ($74.71)
    Libraries: $472,000 ($42.33)
    Local Fire Protection: $412,000 ($36.95)
    Air Transportation: $116,000 ($10.40)
    General Public Buildings: $46,000 ($4.13)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $44,000 ($3.95)
    Central Staff Services: $39,000 ($3.50)
    Health - Other: $14,000 ($1.26)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $356,000 ($31.93)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,544,000 ($138.48)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $363,000 ($32.56)
    Electric Utilities: $284,000 ($25.47)
    General - Other: $173,000 ($15.52)
    Regular Highways: $95,000 ($8.52)
    Water Utilities: $11,000 ($0.99)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($0.45)
    Police Protection: $4,000 ($0.36)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $22,317,000 ($2001.52)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $46,000 ($4.13)

Spencer government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $50,191,000 ($4501.43)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $5,094,000 ($456.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,321,000 ($208.16)
    Sewerage: $1,472,000 ($132.02)
    Parks and Recreation: $548,000 ($49.15)
    All Other: $174,000 ($15.61)
    Air Transportation: $174,000 ($15.61)
    Regular Highways: $92,000 ($8.25)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $288,000 ($25.83)
    Housing and Community Development: $18,000 ($1.61)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $573,000 ($51.39)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,502,000 ($224.39)
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,941,000 ($174.08)
    Rents: $1,489,000 ($133.54)
    Special Assessments: $582,000 ($52.20)
    Sale of Property: $161,000 ($14.44)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $8,881,000 ($796.50)
    Water Utilities: $899,000 ($80.63)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $948,000 ($85.02)
    All Other: $427,000 ($38.30)
  • Tax - Property: $4,006,000 ($359.28)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,354,000 ($121.43)
    Other Selective Sales: $126,000 ($11.30)
    Public Utilities Sales: $85,000 ($7.62)
    Other License: $80,000 ($7.17)

Spencer government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,161,000 ($4588.43)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $47,101,000 ($4224.30)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,060,000 ($364.13)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,795,000 ($160.99)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,445,000 ($129.60)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $350,000 ($31.39)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $2,880,000 ($258.30)
    End of Fiscal Year: $2,880,000 ($258.30)

Spencer government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,112,000 ($189.42)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,609,000 ($4987.35)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,496,000 ($313.54)

5.90% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,534 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.90%
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 Dickinson County, IA  0.83% ($41,544 average AGI)
from Buena Vista County, IA  0.48% ($36,212)
from O'Brien County, IA  0.41% ($27,429)


6.15% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,927 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.15%
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 Dickinson County, IA  0.93% ($41,563 average AGI)
to Palo Alto County, IA  0.33% ($32,696)
to Polk County, IA  0.33% ($39,435)

Strongest AM radio stations in Spencer:

  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • 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.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Spencer:

  • K220HY (91.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)
  • KICD-FM (107.7 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KLLT (104.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KOJI (90.7 FM; OKOBOJI, IA; Owner: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KUOO (103.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KUQQ (102.1 FM; MILFORD, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KJIA (88.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING INC)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KILR-FM (95.9 FM; ESTHERVILLE, IA; Owner: JACOBSON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • K210CG (89.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)
  • K249DL (97.7 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: LAKES AREA CHRISTIAN RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around Spencer:

  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Spencer fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Spencer)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

45 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Spencer, IA)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

5
  • 2600 N Hiway Blvd (Lat: 43.166611 Lon: -95.146083), Overall height: 22.6 m, Call Sign: WMV312
    Assigned Frequencies: 947.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/21/1994, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021
    Registrant: Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C., 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Nw, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20016, Phone: (202) 363-4050, Fax: (202) 363-4266, Email:
  • SPENCER NORTH, 100 W 18th Street (Lat: 43.155194 Lon: -95.147694), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 36.6 m, Overall height: 41.2 m, Call Sign: WQQP535
    Assigned Frequencies: 11305.0 MHz, 11305.0 MHz, 11305.0 MHz, 11305.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/07/2013, Expiration Date: 02/07/2023, Certifier: Charles Cleary
    Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • SPENCER, 100 W Fifth St (Lat: 43.142167 Lon: -95.146361), Overall height: 48.2 m, Call Sign: WCU335
    Assigned Frequencies: 6137.92 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/17/1992, Expiration Date: 08/01/2000, Cancellation Date: 04/27/1998
    Registrant: U S West Communications Inc, 700 West Mineral Ave Rm Co G1.24, Littleton, CO 80120
  • KDWD Studio, 2303 West 18th Street (Lat: 43.156111 Lon: -95.176750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WLD927
    Assigned Frequencies: 950.125 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/23/1985, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021
    Registrant: Graham Brock, Inc., St. Simons Island, GA 31522, Phone: (912) 638-8028, Fax: (912) 638-7722, Email:
  • 316 11th St. Sw Plaza (Lat: 43.126333 Lon: -95.149139), Overall height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WLF675
    Assigned Frequencies: 946.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/11/1986, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2013
    Registrant: Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C., 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Nw, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20016, Phone: (202) 363-4050, Fax: (202) 363-4266, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

2
  • Spencer Municipal Airport (Lat: 43.162472 Lon: -95.191944), Type: Building, Overall height: 3 m, Call Sign: WEP6, Licensee ID: L00009312
    Assigned Frequencies: 128.925 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/19/2001, Expiration Date: 03/28/2006, Cancellation Date: 05/01/2001
    Registrant: Aeronautical Radio Inc, 2551 Riva Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Spencer Municipal Airport (Lat: 43.162472 Lon: -95.191944), Type: Building, Overall height: 4 m, Call Sign: WWK8, Licensee ID: L00007241
    Assigned Frequencies: 123.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/05/2006, Expiration Date: 01/06/2017
    Registrant: City Of Spencer, 418 Second Ave W, Spencer, IA 51301, Phone: (712) 580-7200

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

56 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Spencer)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

15 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Spencer)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 43
  • Hazardous Condition: 71
  • Service Call: 18
  • Good Intent Call: 4

Incident types - Spencer

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Spencer, IA
Most common first names in Spencer, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John8978.4 years
Mary6779.3 years
William6376.2 years
Robert5373.1 years
Dorothy4980.1 years
Donald4973.9 years
George4977.2 years
Margaret4679.9 years
James4672.7 years
Ruth4680.5 years
Most common last names in Spencer, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson8378.8 years
Anderson4975.2 years
Smith3580.3 years
Peterson3478.8 years
Nelson3080.6 years
Miller2674.6 years
Hansen2678.7 years
Larson2283.3 years
Meyer2279.6 years
Olson2280.9 years
Businesses in Spencer, IA
NameCountNameCount
AmericInn1McDonald's1
Arby's1Menards1
Burger King1New Balance2
Chevrolet1Nike1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen2Quiznos1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Econo Lodge1SAS Shoes1
FedEx2Sears1
Ford1Slumberland1
GNC1Staples1
Goodwill3Subway3
H&R Block1Super 81
Hardee's1Taco Bell1
JCPenney1U-Haul1
Jones New York1U.S. Cellular1
KFC1UPS6
La-Z-Boy2Vans1
Lane Furniture1Walgreens1
MasterBrand Cabinets1Walmart1
Maurices1YMCA1

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  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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