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Population in 2012: 295 (69% urban, 31% rural). Population change since 2000: -31.7%
Males: 152  (51.6%)
Females: 143  (48.4%)

Median resident age:  59.5 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 51351.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $53,909 (it was $32,083 in 2000)
West Okoboji:

$53,909
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $48,691

West Okoboji city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $370,377 (it was $176,000 in 2000)
West Okoboji:

$370,377
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $649,636; Detached houses: $649,636

Median gross rent in 2012: $475.

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  • White alone - 282 (97.6%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (1.4%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (0.7%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.3%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in West Okoboji: 85.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (37.4%), English (15.7%), Irish (6.2%), Dutch (5.9%), Swedish (5.7%), Danish (3.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/17/1924

Elevation: 1404 feet

Land area: 1.24 square miles.

Population density: 238 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in West Okoboji:

  • High school or higher: 93.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in West Okoboji city:

  • Never married: 10.1%
  • Now married: 56.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 20.2%
  • Divorced: 13.5%

3 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.8%
Iowa:  3.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,850 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,875 (0.8%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (80.0 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (145.8 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (394.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Milford, IA (1.3 miles ), Wahpeton, IA (1.3 miles ), Arnolds Park, IA (1.3 miles ), Okoboji, IA (1.7 miles ), Spirit Lake, IA (2.4 miles ), Orleans, IA (2.7 miles ), Fostoria, IA (2.7 miles ), Terril, IA (3.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 7 buildings, average cost: $163,500
  • 1998: 4 buildings, average cost: $118,800
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $236,700
  • 2005: 10 buildings, average cost: $465,000
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $433,000
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $333,300
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $578,000
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $578,000
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $578,000
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $125,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $166,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.35 N, Longitude: 95.16 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 712

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +166 (+62.4%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (23%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (12%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
  • Retail trade (29%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (13%)
  • Information (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (13%)
  • Supervisors of construction and extraction workers (9%)
  • Top executives (7%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Lawyers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)

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Tornado activity:

West Okoboji-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 150% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/31/1971, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 8.2 miles away from the West Okoboji city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/23/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 33.8 miles away from the city center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 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 West Okoboji:

  • MILFORD NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; MILFORD, IA)
  • WARNER DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; SPIRIT LAKE, IA)
  • HILLTOP CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SPIRIT LAKE, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in West Okoboji, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to West Okoboji:

  • Buena Vista University (about 50 miles; Storm Lake, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,241)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 77 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • South Central College (about 80 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,118)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 80 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 12,138)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 82 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 2,730)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 86 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,536)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 90 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,501)

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Notable location: White Oaks Campground (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in West Okoboji include: Marble Shaft Monument (1), Garlock Slough Wildlife Management Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Wheelers Beach (A), Bay View Beach (B), Maywood Beach (C). 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

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 20.4%
(20.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  59.2%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  4.1%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.4% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in West Okoboji, IA

West Okoboji compared to Iowa state average:

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


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


West Okoboji travel time to work - commute


West Okoboji mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (68%)
  • Electricity (20%)
  • Other fuel (7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4%)
  • Solar energy (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for West Okoboji 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 2$1,350
Other and Unallocable 1$3,600$43,2001$400
Totals for Government 1$3,600$43,2003$1,750

West Okoboji government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $108,000 ($366.10)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $60,000 ($203.39)
    Water Utilities: $56,000 ($189.83)
    General - Other: $28,000 ($94.92)
    Solid Waste Management: $23,000 ($77.97)
    Fire Protection: $12,000 ($40.68)
    Financial Administration: $12,000 ($40.68)
    Central Staff Services: $10,000 ($33.90)
    Police Protection: $10,000 ($33.90)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000 ($10.17)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($6.78)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($3.39)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $58,000 ($196.61)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $56,000 ($189.83)

West Okoboji government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $31,000 ($105.08)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $10,000 ($33.90)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $65,000 ($220.34)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $35,000 ($118.64)
    General Support: $2,000 ($6.78)
  • Tax - Property: $86,000 ($291.53)
    Total General Sales: $47,000 ($159.32)
    NEC: $5,000 ($16.95)
    Public Utilities: $4,000 ($13.56)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $233,000 ($789.83)

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 West Okoboji:

  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • KICD (1240 AM; 1 kW; SPENCER, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • 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)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • 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.)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Okoboji:

  • KUOO (103.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KJIA (88.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING INC)
  • K210CG (89.9 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: REFUGE MEDIA GROUP)
  • KUQQ (102.1 FM; MILFORD, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • K249DL (97.7 FM; SPIRIT LAKE, IA; Owner: LAKES AREA CHRISTIAN RADIO)
  • KILR-FM (95.9 FM; ESTHERVILLE, IA; Owner: JACOBSON BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOJI (90.7 FM; OKOBOJI, IA; Owner: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • 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)
  • KDWD (100.1 FM; EMMETSBURG, IA; Owner: JIM DANDY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWOA-FM (95.1 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KRAQ (105.7 FM; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINNESOTA)
  • KTFG (102.9 FM; SIOUX RAPIDS, IA; Owner: DONALD A. SWANSON)

TV broadcast stations around West Okoboji:

  • K55FL (Channel 55; SPENCER, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K07TY (Channel 7; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: NOBLES BROADCASTING CO., LTD.)
  • K33AB (Channel 33; SIBLEY, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • 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.)
  • K15EB (Channel 15; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

West Okoboji fatal accident list:

Jul 9, 1978 02:00 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1



FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Michael Neidt, 415 Terrace Park Blvd. (Lat: 43.345028 Lon: -95.150972), Type: 43.3, Overall height: 39.6 m
    Registrant: 7035848665, Pgist@fcclaw.Com, 1650 TYSONS BLVD., SUITE 1500
  • Michael Neidt, 415 Terrace Park Blvd. (Lat: 43.345028 Lon: -95.150972), Type: 43.3, Overall height: 39.6 m
    Registrant: 7035848665, Pgist@fcclaw.Com, 1650 TYSONS BLVD., SUITE 1500
  • James E McDonald, 415 Terrace Park Blvd. (Lat: 43.345028 Lon: -95.150972), Type: 43.3, Overall height: 39.6 m
    Registrant: 5019058555, Aci.Wireless.Regulatory@alltel.Com, ONE ALLIED DRIVE, B2F02-A, Phone: (Sup) erv-isor
  • Jerri L Janjua, 415 Terrace Park Blvd. (Lat: 43.345028 Lon: -95.150972), Type: 43.3, Overall height: 39.6 m
    Registrant: 5019058555, Aci.Wireless.Regulatory@alltel.Com, ONE ALLIED DRIVE, B2F02-A



West Okoboji on our top lists:

  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Community and social services occupations:"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Education, training, and library occupations:"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Water transportation"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Furniture and related products"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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