Westgate, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 198 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -15.4%
 
Males: 94  (47.6%)
Females: 104  (52.4%)
Median resident age:

47.5 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50681.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $45,631 (it was $30,750 in 2000)
Westgate:

$45,631
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,076 (it was $14,709 in 2000)

Westgate city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $80,634 (it was $44,400 in 2000)
Westgate:

$80,634
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $82,467; detached houses: $82,847

Median gross rent in 2017: $478.

March 2019 cost of living index in Westgate: 81.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 6.5%
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According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Westgate, Iowa as of November 28, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Westgate is 94 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (59.5%), English (12.4%), Irish (10.1%), Czech (5.6%), Polish (3.4%), Scottish (3.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/6/1896

Elevation: 1092 feet

Land area: 0.36 square miles.

Population density: 554 people per square mile   (low).

Westgate, Iowa map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.1%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $852 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,246 (1.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (26.1 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (133.4 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (229.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Maynard, IA (2.4 miles ),
Oelwein, IA (2.7 miles ),
Sumner, IA (2.8 miles ),
Randalia, IA (2.9 miles),
Fairbank, IA (3.1 miles ),
Fayette, IA (3.3 miles ),
Hazleton, IA (3.4 miles ),
Hawkeye, IA (3.5 miles )

Latitude: 42.77 N, Longitude: 92.00 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 563

Distribution of median household income in Westgate, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Westgate, IA in 2017
Westgate satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.1%
Iowa:

2.8%
Population change in the 1990s: +25 (+12.0%).
Most common industries in Westgate, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (13.8%)
  • Health care (12.1%)
  • Truck transportation (7.8%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.3%)
  • Construction (4.3%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Truck transportation (10.3%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Public administration (8.6%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (8.6%)
  • Educational services (8.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.2%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (24.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (24.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (8.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.9%)
  • Educational services (6.9%)
  • Truck transportation (5.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Westgate, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.2%)
  • Top executives (4.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Registered nurses (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (17.2%)
  • Top executives (5.2%)
  • Religious workers (5.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.2%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.2%)
  • Bus drivers (5.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (17.2%)
  • Registered nurses (8.6%)
  • Food processing workers (8.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.9%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.2%)
  • Accountants and auditors (5.2%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (5.2%)

Average climate in Westgate, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.6. This is about average.

City:

70.6
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.5. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 24.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

8.5

Tornado activity:

Westgate-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 89% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 7.6 miles away from the Westgate 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 21.0 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Westgate-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 85% 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 368.3 miles away from Westgate 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 182.8 miles away from Westgate 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 347.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 283.6 miles away from Westgate 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 398.3 miles away from Westgate 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 368.1 miles away from Westgate 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).
Westgate topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Westgate:

  • MAPLE CREST MANOR (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; FAYETTE, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Westgate:

  • Upper Iowa University (about 12 miles; Fayette, IA; Full-time enrollment: 5,275)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 29 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 29 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 30 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Luther College (about 39 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,700)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 62 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 64 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)

Library in Westgate:

  • WESTGATE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $12,661; Location: 3 MAIN ST; 4,714 books; 141 audio materials; 220 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 24 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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

Church in Westgate: Saint Peters Lutheran Church (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
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

63.6%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

12.5%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 2.3% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Westgate:

Marital status in Westgate, IA
  • Never married: 27.6%
  • Now married: 51.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 15.8%

For population 25 years and over in Westgate:

  • High school or higher: 96.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.7%
  • Unemployed: 6.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.4
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Westgate, IA (based on Fayette County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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.
State:

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

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.2%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Fayette County:

15.9%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Westgate:

39.4%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Westgate:

44.0%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.8
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

35.0%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Westgate:

21.6%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Westgate:

7.4
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

39.3%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Westgate:

55.0%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Westgate:

88.5%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Westgate, 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
Local Libraries 0$0 0$0
Financial Administration 0$0 2$818
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$178
Sewerage 0$0 1$830
Water Supply 0$0 1$830
Totals for Government 0$0 9$2,656

Westgate government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $41,000 ($207.07)
    Sewerage: $28,000 ($141.41)
    General - Other: $25,000 ($126.26)
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000 ($65.66)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($50.51)
    Regular Highways: $9,000 ($45.45)
    Libraries: $7,000 ($35.35)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($30.30)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($25.25)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($10.10)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000 ($10.10)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,000 ($10.10)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,000 ($35.35)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,000 ($146.46)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $2,000 ($10.10)

Westgate government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $35,000 ($176.77)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($50.51)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $46,000 ($232.32)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $17,000 ($85.86)
  • Tax - Property: $32,000 ($161.62)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $20,000 ($101.01)
    Other License: $1,000 ($5.05)

Westgate government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $231,000 ($1166.67)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $231,000 ($1166.67)

Westgate government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $133,000 ($671.72)

6.28% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($35,971 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Buchanan County, IA  0.75% ($35,655 average AGI)
to Black Hawk County, IA  0.60% ($32,609)
to Winneshiek County, IA  0.34% ($21,500)

Strongest AM radio stations in Westgate:

  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KWLO (1330 AM; 5 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • 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.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Westgate:

  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KFMW (107.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOKZ (105.7 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KUNI (90.9 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KNWS-FM (101.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KQMG-FM (95.3 FM; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)
  • KCZE (95.1 FM; NEW HAMPTON, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Westgate:

  • 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)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KFXA (Channel 28; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: SECOND GENERATION OF IOWA, LTD.)

Westgate fatal accident list:

Mar 19, 1976 11:40 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Mar 19, 1975 11:40 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 19Number of bridges
  • 79ft / 24.4mTotal length
  • 2,825Total average daily traffic
  • 415Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,825Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Westgate, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 61990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Westgate, IA

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • WS-SMN-RL14A, V Ave (Lat: 42.751556 Lon: -92.021389), Type: Upole, Structure height: 30.5 m, Call Sign: WRCB201, Licensee ID: L01166198,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, 10915.0 MHz, Grant Date: 08/14/2018, Expiration Date: 08/14/2028, Certifier: Christopher W Craven, Registrant: Business Only Broadband, LLC, 999 Oak Creek Drive, Lombard, IL 60148, Phone: (630) 590-6009, Fax: (630) 986-2496, Email:

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 100-180 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8248Y , Serial Number: 5120, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 12/23/1998, Certificate Issue Date: 04/18/2019
    Registrant (Individual): Daniel S Suby, 12254 U Ave, Westgate, IA 50681
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-540 SERIES (250 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8966W , Serial Number: 28-10543, Year manufactured: 1964, Airworthiness Date: 12/22/1964, Certificate Issue Date: 08/27/2004
    Registrant (Individual): Greg A Bryan, 230 Pearl St, Westgate, IA 50681
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 06/20/2017

Most common first names in Westgate, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Herman681.7 years
William577.4 years
Albert480.5 years
Mary475.5 years
Harold365.0 years
Donald376.7 years
Carl381.3 years
Lena380.0 years
Walter376.3 years
Lydia287.9 years
Most common last names in Westgate, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Plaster778.8 years
Oltrogge682.0 years
Rueber687.8 years
Bender578.8 years
Bartels485.7 years
Potratz487.0 years
Mahoney386.0 years
Gordon378.3 years
Gumm379.4 years
Holtz378.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Westgate, IA
  • 93.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Utility gas
  • 2.6%Other fuel
  • 1.3%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Westgate, IA
  • 60.0%Electricity
  • 40.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Westgate 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.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There are 2 pilots and 1 other airmen in this city.
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