Wadena, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 254 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +4.5%
 
Males: 121  (47.9%)
Females: 133  (52.1%)
Median resident age:  32.6 years
Iowa median age:  38.1 years

Zip codes: 52169.

Estimated median household income in 2015: $41,311 (it was $25,500 in 2000)
Wadena:

$41,311
IA:

$54,736

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $17,027 (it was $13,861 in 2000)

Wadena city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $81,007 (it was $34,500 in 2000)
Wadena:

$81,007
IA:

$136,100

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $85,413; Detached houses: $89,958; Mobile homes: $18,695

Median gross rent in 2015: $544.

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  • Races in Wadena, IA (2010)

    Wadena races chart
    • 26099.2%White alone
    • 20.8%Hispanic

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Wadena: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (40.9%), Irish (19.9%), Scotch-Irish (9.9%), American (9.4%), English (3.3%), Norwegian (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/11/1895

Elevation: 865 feet

Land area: 0.74 square miles.

Population density: 345 people per square mile   (very low).

Wadena,IA real estate house value index trend

Wadena, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Wadena:

  • High school or higher: 85.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wadena city:

  • Never married: 20.8%
  • Now married: 61.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 10.4%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.6%
Iowa:

4.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Wadena, Iowa as of October 20, 2017.
The ratio of number of residents in Wadena to the number of sex offenders is 65 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $969 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $739 (1.8%)

Wadena satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (42.5 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (115.6 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (214.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Arlington, IA (2.5 miles ), Volga, IA (2.5 miles ), Fayette, IA (2.7 miles ), Elgin, IA (2.8 miles ), Clermont, IA (3.3 miles ), West Union, IA (3.4 miles ), Randalia, IA (3.4 miles) , Maynard, IA (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $149,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $161,100

Latitude: 42.84 N, Longitude: 91.66 W

Area code: 563

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

3.5%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +7 (+3.0%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (39%)
  • Manufacturing (29%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (42%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
  • Information (3%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (43%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (15%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)

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

Average climate in Wadena, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wadena-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 76% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 9.8 miles away from the Wadena city center killed 5 people and injured 156 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 7/12/1971, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.5 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wadena-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 362.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 170.6 miles away from Wadena center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 340.9 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 292.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 392.8 miles away from Wadena center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 362.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Fayette County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 15, Storms: 14, Tornadoes: 8, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wadena topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Wadena:

  • MAPLE CREST MANOR (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; FAYETTE, IA)
  • PALMER HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 12 miles away; WEST UNION, IA)
  • PALMER LUTHERAN HEALTH CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 12 miles away; WEST UNION, IA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; WEST UNION, IA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - WEST UNION (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; WEST UNION, IA)
  • LUTHERAN HOME FOR THE AGED (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; STRAWBERRY POINT, IA)
  • STRAWBERRY POINT LUTHERAN HOME (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; STRAWBERRY POINT, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wadena:

  • Upper Iowa University (about 8 miles; Fayette, IA; Full-time enrollment: 5,275)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 26 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)
  • Luther College (about 34 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,700)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 45 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 47 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (about 60 miles; Platteville, WI; FT enrollment: 7,679)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 65 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)

Library in Wadena:

  • WADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $11,494; Location: 136 S MILL ST; 5,058 books; 466 audio materials; 220 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 2 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Wadena: Wadena City Hall (A), Wadena Public Library (B), Wadena - Illyria Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Wadena: Wadena Community Presbyterian Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Creek: Plum Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Fayette 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 2013 was 48.0. This is significantly better than average.

City:

48.0
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 15.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 17.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.0
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.89. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.89
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 23.7%
(22.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  61.3%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  9.9%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Wadena (2011 data):

  • Elgin State Bank: Wadena Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1936/12/02. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $22.2 mil, Deposits: $20.4 mil, headquarters in Elgin, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Kellonto Bankshares Corp.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.7
Iowa average:

10.3

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Wadena city (based on Fayette County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant8,43831
Catholic4,0196
Evangelical Protestant1,85424
Other2932
None6,276-
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: 2
Fayette County:

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Fayette County:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Here:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Fayette County:

28.2%
Iowa:

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

15.9%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.1%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.6%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wadena:

18.7%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

8.1%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

28.3%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Here:

57.5%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Wadena:

72.6%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wadena, 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$696
Sewerage 0$0 2$733
Water Supply 0$0 2$808
Local Libraries 0$0 1$582
Totals for Government 0$0 12$2,819

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

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $26,000 ($102.36)
    Water Utilities: $18,000 ($70.87)
    Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($66.93)
    Regular Highways: $15,000 ($59.06)
    Fire Protection: $14,000 ($55.12)
    Libraries: $9,000 ($35.43)
    General - Other: $8,000 ($31.50)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($11.81)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($11.81)
    General Public Buildings: $2,000 ($7.87)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($7.87)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($3.94)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $55,000 ($216.54)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $23,000 ($90.55)
    Solid Waste Management: $18,000 ($70.87)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $9,000 ($35.43)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($27.56)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($7.87)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $22,000 ($86.61)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $19,000 ($74.80)
    General Support: $5,000 ($19.69)
    All Other: $3,000 ($11.81)
  • Tax - Property: $21,000 ($82.68)
    Total General Sales: $13,000 ($51.18)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $191,000 ($751.97)

5.56% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,316 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.56%
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 Buchanan County, IA  0.61% ($30,468 average AGI)
from Black Hawk County, IA  0.59% ($23,783)
from Linn County, IA  0.36% ($24,179)


5.78% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,998 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.78%
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 Black Hawk County, IA  0.75% ($39,414 average AGI)
to Buchanan County, IA  0.63% ($32,184)
to Bremer County, IA  0.41% ($29,750)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wadena:

  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KADR (1400 AM; 1 kW; ELKADER, IA; Owner: DESIGN HOMES, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • KWLO (1330 AM; 5 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wadena:

  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KFMW (107.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUNI (90.9 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KOKZ (105.7 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KNWS-FM (101.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KCTN (100.1 FM; GARNAVILLO, IA; Owner: DESIGN HOMES, INC.)
  • KVIK (104.7 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • KNEI-FM (103.5 FM; WAUKON, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • KPVL (89.1 FM; POSTVILLE, IA; Owner: POSTVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)
  • WQPC (94.3 FM; PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI; Owner: ROBINSON CORPORATION)
  • KQMG-FM (95.3 FM; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Wadena:

  • KWWL (Channel 7; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KGAN (Channel 2; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KGAN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCRG-TV (Channel 9; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KRIN (Channel 32; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPXR (Channel 48; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 6m20ftTotal length
  • 830Total average daily traffic
  • 830Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 101 Mill St (Lat: 42.839139 Lon: -91.656556), Call Sign: KNDC786
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.160 MHzGrant Date: 08/08/2012, Expiration Date: 08/14/2022Registrant: Fayette Electronics & Com, 12251 175th St, Fayette, IA 52142, Phone: (563) 425-3281, Fax: (563) 425-3279, Email:

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5
Most common first names in Wadena, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary680.2 years
John580.6 years
Richard580.8 years
Floyd480.8 years
Lyle475.2 years
Harold471.7 years
Charles470.8 years
Emma376.0 years
Alice377.7 years
Mildred379.6 years
Most common last names in Wadena, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Corkery784.6 years
Flanagan781.1 years
Kuhens677.0 years
Jennings574.6 years
Smock573.2 years
Voshell573.4 years
Bond481.7 years
Anderson477.0 years
Patterson477.7 years
Aeschliman377.0 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (75%)
  • Wood (12%)
  • Utility gas (6%)
  • Electricity (6%)

Wadena compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly 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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