Varina, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 70 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -22.2%
Males: 44  (63.5%)
Females: 26  (36.5%)
Median resident age:  33.8 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 50593

Estimated median household income in 2016: $32,210 (it was $35,469 in 2000)
Varina:

$32,210
IA:

$56,247

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $14,745 (it was $13,611 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $46,183 (it was $25,000 in 2000)
Varina:

$46,183
IA:

$142,300

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $44,480; Detached houses: $44,527
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  • Races in Varina, IA (2010)

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    • 6490.1%White alone
    • 57.0%Hispanic
    • 22.8%Black alone
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Varina: 84.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (3.7%), Dutch (1.9%), German (1.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 03/29/1901

Elevation: 1268 feet

Land area: 0.25 square miles.

Population density: 284 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Varina:

  • High school or higher: 76.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Varina city:

  • Never married: 21.0%
  • Now married: 49.1%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 20.1%

15 residents are foreign born (15.6% Latin America).

This city:

15.6%
Iowa:

4.9%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Varina, Iowa as of December 10, 2018.
The ratio of number of residents in Varina to the number of sex offenders is 48 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,375 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $257 (1.0%)

Varina satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux City, IA (77.1 miles , pop. 85,013).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (112.5 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (373.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Fonda, IA (2.4 miles ), Newell, IA (2.5 miles ), Albert City, IA (3.0 miles ), Pocahontas, IA (3.5 miles ), Laurens, IA (3.6 miles ), Pomeroy, IA (3.7 miles ), Nemaha, IA (3.7 miles) , Lakeside, IA (3.8 miles ).

Latitude: 42.66 N, Longitude: 94.90 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 712

Varina household income distribution Varina home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.6%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -12 (-11.8%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (48%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Educational services (44%)
  • Construction (22%)
  • Other services, except public administration (22%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (48%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (33%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (22%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (22%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)

Average climate in Varina, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Varina-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 83% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.5 miles away from the Varina city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1979, a category F4 tornado 15.3 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 26 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Varina-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 215.7 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 250.7 miles away from Varina 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 203.3 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 219.6 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, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 135.0 miles away from Varina center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 196.4 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 Pocahontas County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Varina:

  • FONDA NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; FONDA, IA)
  • PLEASANT VIEW HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; ALBERT CITY, IA)
  • POCAHONTAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; POCAHONTAS, IA)
  • LAURENS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; LAURENS, IA)
  • POMEROY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; POMEROY, IA)
  • BUENA VISTA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; STORM LAKE, IA)
  • RENAL CENTER OF STORM LAKE, LLC (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; STORM LAKE, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Varina:

  • Buena Vista University (about 16 miles; Storm Lake, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 38 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 52 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 75 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa State University (about 78 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 94 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 96 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)

Library in Varina:

  • VARINA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $4,328; Location: 107 E MAIN; 2,514 books; 10 audio materials; 64 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 5 print serial subscriptions)

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Pocahontas County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 32.3%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 59.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  56.7%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  3.3%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.7
Iowa average:

10.4

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Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Varina city (based on Pocahontas County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,67213
Catholic1,7215
Evangelical Protestant1526
Other--
None2,765-
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: 5
Pocahontas County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Pocahontas County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Pocahontas County:

28.3%
Iowa:

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

19.0%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Varina:

48.7%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.5%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Varina:

29.0
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.0%
State:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.6%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.3%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

52.7%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Varina:

73.2%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Varina, 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
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$295
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$60
Water Supply 0$0 1$120
Local Libraries 0$0 1$142
Totals for Government 0$0 10$617

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $14,000 ($200.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($71.43)
    Libraries: $4,000 ($57.14)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($42.86)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($42.86)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($28.57)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($14.29)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $1,000 ($14.29)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $8,000 ($114.29)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($14.29)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($71.43)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $5,000 ($71.43)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($28.57)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $11,000 ($157.14)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,000 ($100.00)
    General Support: $1,000 ($14.29)
  • Tax - Property: $6,000 ($85.71)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $27,000 ($385.71)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $26,000 ($371.43)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $1,000 ($14.29)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $80,000 ($1142.86)

5.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,150 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.78%
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 Buena Vista County, IA  0.93% ($22,704 average AGI)
from Calhoun County, IA  0.52% ($54,333)
from Humboldt County, IA  0.48% ($85,786)


7.13% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,474 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.13%
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 Buena Vista County, IA  0.82% ($27,000 average AGI)
to Webster County, IA  0.55% ($14,625)
to Polk County, IA  0.38% ($27,091)

Strongest AM radio stations in Varina:

  • 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.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • 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)
  • KAYL (990 AM; 0 kW; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Varina:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • K242AM (96.3 FM; NEWELL, IA; Owner: GOOD NEWS NETWORK, INC.)
  • KAYL-FM (101.7 FM; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KTLB (105.9 FM; TWIN LAKES, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)
  • KBVU-FM (97.5 FM; ALTA, IA; Owner: BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY)
  • KIKD (106.7 FM; LAKE CITY, IA; Owner: CARROLL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Varina:

  • K47FZ (Channel 47; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1/2 Blk N Of Center St W Border (Lat: 42.659972 Lon: -94.902222), Call Sign: KCB493, Licensee ID: L00060802
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.955 MHzGrant Date: 11/01/2001, Expiration Date: 11/12/2011, Cancellation Date: 01/14/2012Registrant: Rays Plumbing & Heating, Varina, IA 50593, Phone: (712) 288-5791

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (57%)
  • Electricity (41%)

Varina compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above 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.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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