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Population in 2012: 131 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -7.7%
 

Males: 75  (57.4%)
Females: 56  (42.6%)

Median resident age:  44.5 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip code: 51363

Estimated median household income in 2012: $42,357 (it was $35,000 in 2000)
Superior:

$42,357
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $32,660

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $77,012 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Superior:

$77,012
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $65,378; Detached houses: $68,496; Mobile homes: $17,037

Median gross rent in 2012: $875.

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  • White alone - 127 (97.7%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (1.5%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.8%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Superior: 82.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (41.8%), Danish (9.7%), English (8.2%), Norwegian (8.2%), Irish (7.1%), Scottish (3.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/11/1895

Elevation: 1500 feet

Land area: 0.42 square miles.

Population density: 310 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Superior:

  • High school or higher: 91.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Superior city:

  • Never married: 6.4%
  • Now married: 67.9%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 5.7%
  • Divorced: 17.1%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:  1.1%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Superior, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Superior to the number of sex offenders is 66 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,114 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $546 (0.8%)

Superior satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (89.9 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (134.7 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (385.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Estherville, IA (2.4 miles ), Spirit Lake, IA (2.8 miles ), Orleans, IA (2.9 miles ), Terril, IA (3.0 miles ), Okoboji, IA (3.2 miles ), Arnolds Park, IA (3.2 miles ), Wallingford, IA (3.3 miles ), West Okoboji, IA (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $30,000
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $55,000
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.43 N, Longitude: 94.95 W

Area code: 712

Superior household income distribution Superior home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +11 (+8.4%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation and warehousing (35%)
  • Manufacturing (21%)
  • Other services, except public administration (21%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Wholesale trade (2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (16%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (16%)
  • Supervisors of transportation and material moving workers (10%)
  • Cashiers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Religious workers (6%)
  • Physicians and surgeons (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (26%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (15%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Personal appearance workers (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)


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Tornado activity:

Superior-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 144% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/31/1971, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 14.0 miles away from the Superior city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 3/21/1953, a category F3 tornado 19.4 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Dickinson County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Floods: 3, Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Superior:

  • AVERA HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL (Hospital, Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Church, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; ESTHERVILLE, IA)
  • EMMET COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; ESTHERVILLE, IA)
  • LAKES HOSPICE LLC (Hospital, about 9 miles away; SPIRIT LAKE, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Superior:

  • Buena Vista University (about 57 miles; Storm Lake, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,241)
  • South Central College (about 69 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,118)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 69 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 12,138)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 76 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 79 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,501)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 82 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 2,730)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 97 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,536)

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Notable locations in Superior: Superior (A), Farmers Elevator Company Elevator (B), Superior Fire Department (C), Superior Public Library (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Dickinson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.8. This is about average.
City:

32.8
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.4. This is better than average. There were 27 monitors within city limits.
City:

17.4
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.21. This is about average. There were 5 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.21
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 5.6%
(6.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  65.4%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  11.5%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Superior compared to Iowa state average:

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


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Superior travel time to work - commute


Superior mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (86%)
  • Electricity (6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)
  • Wood (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Superior city (based on Dickinson County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.15%
Here75.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents33.7%20.0%17.5%10.0%5.4%
Congregations7.7%26.9%11.5%11.5%7.7%
NameReformed Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristEpiscopal ChurchEvangelical Free Church of AmericaOther
Adherents5.0%2.1%1.8%1.7%2.9%
Congregations3.8%3.8%3.8%3.8%19.2%
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: 4
Dickinson County:

2.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

6.00 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 39
This county:

23.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Dickinson County:

27.2%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.7%
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 7$1,049
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 1$291
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$543
Water Supply 0$0 1$265
Totals for Government 0$0 10$2,148

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $15,000 ($114.50)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $28,000 ($213.74)
    General Public Buildings: $17,000 ($129.77)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($91.60)
    Solid Waste Management: $7,000 ($53.44)
    General - Other: $7,000 ($53.44)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($45.80)
    Police Protection: $6,000 ($45.80)
    Fire Protection: $5,000 ($38.17)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($15.27)
    Health Services - Other: $1,000 ($7.63)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $4,000 ($30.53)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $30,000 ($229.01)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($30.53)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $9,000 ($68.70)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $6,000 ($45.80)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($45.80)
    General Revenue, NEC: $6,000 ($45.80)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $26,000 ($198.47)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $11,000 ($83.97)
    General Support: $2,000 ($15.27)
  • Tax - Property: $63,000 ($480.92)
    Total General Sales: $20,000 ($152.67)
    Public Utilities: $2,000 ($15.27)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $86,000 ($656.49)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $83,000 ($633.59)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $3,000 ($22.90)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $261,000 ($1992.37)

7.53% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($43,837 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.53%
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 Clay County, IA  1.04% ($39,097 average AGI)
from Emmet County, IA  0.58% ($30,275)
from Osceola County, IA  0.33% ($44,609)


7.39% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($35,760 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.39%
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 Clay County, IA  0.75% ($32,885 average AGI)
to Emmet County, IA  0.45% ($20,548)
to Osceola County, IA  0.32% ($23,864)

Strongest AM radio stations in Superior:

  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • KILR (1070 AM; daytime; 0 kW; ESTHERVILLE, IA)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • 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.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Superior:

  • KUQQ (102.1 FM; MILFORD, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KILR-FM (95.9 FM; ESTHERVILLE, IA; Owner: JACOBSON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUOO (103.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • K221DO (92.1 FM; ESTHERVILLE, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)
  • KRAQ (105.7 FM; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINNESOTA)
  • KJIA (88.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING INC)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K249DL (97.7 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: LAKES AREA CHRISTIAN RADIO)
  • KLLT (104.9 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KICD-FM (107.7 FM; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KOJI (90.7 FM; OKOBOJI, IA; Owner: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KFMC-FM (106.5 FM; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: WOODWARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K210CG (89.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)

TV broadcast stations around Superior:

  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K23FO (Channel 23; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K57GE (Channel 57; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K53EV (Channel 53; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K41EG (Channel 41; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERAL RURAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K45EH (Channel 45; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K51EN (Channel 51; JACKSON, MN; Owner: FEDERATED RURAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K59FN (Channel 59; JACKSON, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K61GE (Channel 61; JACKSON, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • KEYC-TV (Channel 12; MANKATO, MN; Owner: UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 1.6 Km East Of The Ciy Of (Lat: 43.432139 Lon: -94.974444), Type: Tower, Structure height: 60.4 m, Call Sign: KNKN374
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/16/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Steven T Campbell
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • SUPERIOR, 603 Railroad Ave (Lat: 43.431917 Lon: -94.946667), Type: Bant, Structure height: 49 m, Overall height: 53 m, Call Sign: WNAH903
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.455 MHz, 161.175 MHz, 160.485 MHz, 160.575 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/01/2004, Expiration Date: 02/01/2015, Certifier: L J Kopiasz
    Registrant: Prokarma, 222 So 15th St Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 541-8932, Fax: (888) 956-8345, Email:
  • Lat: 43.432139 Lon: -94.960889, Call Sign: WQIP980
    Assigned Frequencies: 452.750 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/10/2008, Expiration Date: 04/10/2018, Certifier: Al Meister
    Registrant: Alpha Wireless Communications, 1115 Cross Street, North Mankato, MN 56003, Phone: (507) 625-6720, Fax: (507) 625-6725, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Superior Elevator, 603 Rr Ave. (Lat: 43.432222 Lon: -94.946667), Type: Silo, Structure height: 509.8 m, Call Sign: WPUC597
    Assigned Frequencies: 945.500 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/04/2002, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Certifier: Paul Lierman
    Registrant: Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting, Inc., P.O. Box 72 12089 380th Ave., Blue Earth, MN 56013, Phone: (507) 526-3233, Fax: (507) 526-3235, Email:


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1

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