Westphalia, Iowa

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Population in 2019: 118 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -26.3%
Males: 60  (51.0%)
Females: 58  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

43.1 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip code: 51578

Estimated median household income in 2019: $54,278 (it was $35,938 in 2000)
Westphalia:

$54,278
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $29,194 (it was $17,066 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $75,257 (it was $53,000 in 2000)
Westphalia:

$75,257
IA:

$158,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $118,418; detached houses: $117,560

Median gross rent in 2019: $548.

March 2019 cost of living index in Westphalia: 81.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 2.0%
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According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there was 1 registered sex offender living in Westphalia, Iowa as of September 28, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Westphalia is 131 to 1.


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Ancestries: German (91.8%), Danish (5.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/7/1919

Elevation: 1402 feet

Land area: 0.09 square miles.

Population density: 1,299 people per square mile   (low).

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,378 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $977 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Council Bluffs, IA (40.3 miles , pop. 58,268).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (45.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (397.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Earling, IA (2.0 miles ),
Panama, IA (2.0 miles ),
Harlan, IA (2.4 miles ),
Kirkman, IA (2.6 miles),
Defiance, IA (2.8 miles ),
Portsmouth, IA (2.8 miles ),
Tennant, IA (3.0 miles),
Corley, IA (3.2 miles)

Latitude: 41.72 N, Longitude: 95.39 W

Area code: 712

Distribution of median household income in Westphalia, IA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Westphalia, IA in 2019

Westphalia satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $25,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Westphalia, IA residents
Average permit cost in Westphalia, IA
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.1%
Iowa:

3.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +20 (+14.3%).
Most common industries in Westphalia, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Truck transportation (17.7%)
  • Health care (14.5%)
  • Public administration (8.1%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (8.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.1%)
  • Food (4.8%)
  • Machinery (4.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Truck transportation (30.0%)
  • Machinery, equipment, supplies merchant wholesalers (16.7%)
  • Machinery (10.0%)
  • Food (10.0%)
  • Health care (10.0%)
  • Construction (6.7%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (6.7%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (15.6%)
  • Public administration (12.5%)
  • Social assistance (9.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (6.3%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (6.3%)
  • Truck transportation (6.3%)
Most common occupations in Westphalia, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (14.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (11.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8.1%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (6.5%)
  • Child care workers (4.8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (30.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (16.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (10.0%)
  • Food processing workers (10.0%)
  • Architects, surveyors, and cartographers (6.7%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (21.9%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (12.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (12.5%)
  • Child care workers (9.4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.3%)

Average climate in Westphalia, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Westphalia-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 84% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/26/1976, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 17.4 miles away from the Westphalia city center injured 6 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/27/1953, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 40.5 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Westphalia-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 263% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 375.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 434.3 miles away from Westphalia center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 193.4 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 266.5 miles away from Westphalia center
On 6/22/2019 at 08:50:24, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 1.9 mi) earthquake occurred 273.8 miles away from Westphalia center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 275.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Shelby County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Westphalia:

  • ELM CREST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; HARLAN, IA)
  • HARLAN DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 7 miles away; HARLAN, IA)
  • MYRTUE MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 7 miles away; HARLAN, IA)
  • MYRTUE MED CTR HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; HARLAN, IA)
  • DUNLAP NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; DUNLAP, IA)
  • AVOCA NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; AVOCA, IA)
  • MANILLA MANOR (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; MANILLA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Westphalia:

  • Iowa Western Community College (about 38 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; Full-time enrollment: 5,344)
  • Metropolitan Community College Area (about 41 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 12,236)
  • Creighton University (about 43 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 5,370)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (about 45 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 2,815)
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (about 46 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 12,073)
  • Bellevue University (about 48 miles; Bellevue, NE; FT enrollment: 7,139)
  • Buena Vista University (about 65 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Westphalia Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Westphalia: Saint Boniface Catholic Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Shelby 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:

2.1 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

61.0%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

0.0%
Whole state:

6.7%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Westphalia:

Marital status in Westphalia, IA
  • Never married: 24.8%
  • Now married: 60.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 9.9%

For population 25 years and over in Westphalia:

  • High school or higher: 97.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.1
Iowa average:

10.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Westphalia, IA (based on Shelby County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,4646
Evangelical Protestant3,34417
Mainline Protestant2,03311
Other1901
None3,136-
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: 4
Shelby County:

3.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

4.87 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.3%
Iowa:

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

16.0%
Iowa:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$296
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$2,175
Totals for Government 0$0 7$2,471

Westphalia government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $70,000 ($593.22)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($33.90)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($25.42)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,000 ($25.42)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($16.95)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($16.95)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($8.47)
    General Public Buildings: $1,000 ($8.47)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($8.47)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,000 ($25.42)

Westphalia government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $13,000 ($110.17)
  • Tax - Property: $24,000 ($203.39)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,000 ($93.22)
    Other License: $1,000 ($8.47)

Westphalia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,000 ($822.03)

Strongest AM radio stations in Westphalia:

  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KOMJ (590 AM; 5 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLNG (1560 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA)
  • KOZN (1620 AM; 10 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTIC (840 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WEST POINT, NE; Owner: WEST POINT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KMA (960 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: KMA BROADCASTING L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Westphalia:

  • KXKT (103.7 FM; GLENWOOD, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KNOD (105.3 FM; HARLAN, IA; Owner: WIRELESS BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • KMLV (88.1 FM; RALSTON, NE; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KGOR (99.9 FM; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEZO-FM (92.3 FM; OMAHA, NE; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KQCH (94.1 FM; OMAHA, NE; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KQKQ-FM (98.5 FM; COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSRZ (104.5 FM; OMAHA, NE; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KIWR (89.7 FM; COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA; Owner: IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KDSN-FM (107.1 FM; DENISON, IA; Owner: M & J RADIO CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Westphalia:

  • KHIN (Channel 36; RED OAK, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KMTV (Channel 3; OMAHA, NE; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KYNE-TV (Channel 26; OMAHA, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMM.)
  • KETV (Channel 7; OMAHA, NE; Owner: KETV HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WOWT-TV (Channel 6; OMAHA, NE; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • KVSS-LP (Channel 67; OMAHA, NE; Owner: VSS CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS)

Westphalia fatal accident list:

Apr 30, 1977 06:30 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 11Number of bridges
  • 92ft / 27.9mTotal length
  • 5,430Total average daily traffic
  • 776Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,430Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Westphalia, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 31990-1999
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Westphalia, IA
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Westphalia, IA
  • 61.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 34.1%Electricity
  • 4.5%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Westphalia, IA
  • 100.0%Electricity


Westphalia compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly 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 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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