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Population in 2012: 185 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +6.3%
 

Males: 80  (43.3%)
Females: 105  (56.7%)

Median resident age:  32.7 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip code: 50591

Estimated median household income in 2012: $47,548 (it was $36,000 in 2000)
Thor:

$47,548
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,891

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $56,065 (it was $36,700 in 2000)
Thor:

$56,065
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $49,219; Detached houses: $49,219

Median gross rent in 2012: $417.

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  • White alone - 173 (93.0%)
  • Hispanic - 6 (3.2%)
  • Two or more races - 5 (2.7%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (1.1%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Thor: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (25.2%), Norwegian (24.8%), Irish (10.2%), English (9.5%), Polish (6.1%), French (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/23/1900

Elevation: 1145 feet

Land area: 1.00 square miles.

Population density: 186 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Thor:

  • High school or higher: 97.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Thor city:

  • Never married: 24.0%
  • Now married: 61.5%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.9%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Thor, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Thor to the number of sex offenders is 185 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $657 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $635 (1.2%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (50.5 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (141.3 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (331.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Vincent, IA (2.6 miles) , Badger, IA (2.7 miles ), Goldfield, IA (2.7 miles ), Eagle Grove, IA (2.8 miles ), Dakota City, IA (2.8 miles ), Hardy, IA (2.9 miles) , Humboldt, IA (3.0 miles ), Renwick, IA (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 42.69 N, Longitude: 94.05 W

Area code: 515

Thor household income distribution Thor home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.2%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -40 (-18.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (25%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Wholesale trade (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (31%)
  • Other services, except public administration (25%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (1%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (16%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (13%)
  • Food processing workers (11%)
  • Business operations specialists (6%)
  • Construction laborers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Top executives (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (24%)
  • Accountants and auditors (15%)
  • Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners and technical occupations (12%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (12%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (6%)


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Tornado activity:

Thor-area historical tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 206% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 21.7 miles away from the Thor city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/4/1977, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 12.1 miles away from the city center injured 14 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Humboldt County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Wind: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Thor:

  • ROTARY ANN HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; EAGLE GROVE, IA)
  • QHC HUMBOLDT SOUTH, LLC (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • QHC HUMBOLDT NORTH, LLC (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in Thor, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Thor:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 16 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,064)
  • Iowa State University (about 51 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)
  • Buena Vista University (about 60 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,241)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 69 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 8,947)
  • Drake University (about 78 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 4,382)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 82 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,923)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 90 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)

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Notable locations in Thor: Hardy Cooperative Elevator Company Elevator (A), City of Thor Fire Department (B), Thor City Hall (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Humboldt 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 2009 was 34.2. This is about average.
City:

34.2
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2009 was 10.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

10.5
U.S.:

9.6


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.3%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for two or more races residents)

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

Percentage of family households:
This city:  67.1%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  11.0%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Thor, IA

Thor compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Thor travel time to work - commute


Thor mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (82%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Thor city (based on Humboldt County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 85.19%
Here85.2%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents34.4%26.2%18.7%11.6%9.1%
Congregations44.4%16.7%11.1%11.1%16.7%
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: 2
Humboldt County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Humboldt County:

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.5%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Humboldt County:

27.9%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.7%
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 2$950
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$85
Sewerage 0$0 1$231
Water Supply 0$0 2$334
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$150
Totals for Government 0$0 7$1,750


5.10% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,186 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.10%
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 Webster County, IA  0.90% ($30,029 average AGI)
from Kossuth County, IA  0.44% ($30,647)
from Wright County, IA  0.38% ($26,000)


6.42% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,461 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.42%
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 Webster County, IA  0.94% ($9,054 average AGI)
to Wright County, IA  0.43% ($27,882)
to Pocahontas County, IA  0.33% ($21,462)

Strongest AM radio stations in Thor:

  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KVFD (1400 AM; 1 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • 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)

Strongest FM radio stations in Thor:

  • KIAQ (96.9 FM; CLARION, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KJYL (100.7 FM; EAGLE GROVE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING,INC)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KHBT (97.7 FM; HUMBOLDT, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KKEZ (94.5 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K206BF (89.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KUEL (92.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KQWC-FM (95.7 FM; WEBSTER CITY, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KICB (88.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Thor:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K25FA (Channel 25; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K47EK (Channel 47; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K49DZ (Channel 49; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K55GV (Channel 55; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: ROBERT M. CAMPBELL)
  • K57GN (Channel 57; IOWA FALLS, IA; Owner: EAST SIDE ENTERPRISES)
  • K61GF (Channel 61; IOWA FALLS, ETC., IA; Owner: BSA INVESTMENT)


FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 209 N Ann St (Lat: 42.689417 Lon: -94.049667), Call Sign: KFB973, Licensee ID: L00122889
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.430 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/30/2001, Expiration Date: 09/16/2011, Cancellation Date: 11/19/2011
    Registrant: Thor, Town Of, Box 82, Thor, IA 50591, Phone: (515) 378-3118

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: N0ZYS, Licensee ID: L00790617
    Grant Date: 01/03/2004, Expiration Date: 01/18/2014, Certifier: Shannon C Vitzthum
    Registrant: Shannon C Vitzthum, 107 Ada Street, Thor, IA 50591
  • Call Sign: KD0BHF, Licensee ID: L01311629
    Grant Date: 08/06/2007, Expiration Date: 08/06/2017, Certifier: Scott A Vitzthum
    Registrant: Scott A Vitzthum, Thor, IA 50591

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: PARLE JOHN T RV-4 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 157JP , Serial Number: 224, Year manufactured: 2000, Airworthiness Date: 04/18/2000
    Registrant (Individual): John T Parle, 2248 Utah Ave, Thor, IA 50591


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