Westphalia, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 126 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -21.3%
Males: 58  (46.6%)
Females: 68  (53.4%)
Median resident age:  49.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 51578

Estimated median household income in 2016: $43,806 (it was $35,938 in 2000)
Westphalia:

$43,806
IA:

$56,247

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $27,010 (it was $17,066 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $94,188 (it was $53,000 in 2000)
Westphalia:

$94,188
IA:

$142,300

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $100,303; Detached houses: $100,409

Median gross rent in 2016: $544.

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    • 12296.1%White alone
    • 53.9%Hispanic
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Westphalia: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (81.3%), American (2.2%), Czech (1.1%), Irish (1.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/7/1919

Elevation: 1402 feet

Land area: 0.09 square miles.

Population density: 1,387 people per square mile   (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Westphalia:

  • High school or higher: 92.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Westphalia city:

  • Never married: 22.6%
  • Now married: 48.2%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 22.1%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $995 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,437 (1.3%)

Westphalia satellite photo by USGS

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) .

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 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.72 N, Longitude: 95.39 W

Area code: 712

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

2.7%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +20 (+14.3%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (29%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Wholesale trade (15%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (58%)
  • Accommodation and food services (26%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (37%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (11%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)

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 slightly above Iowa state average. It is 76% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, 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 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 275.1 miles away from the city center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 75.6 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) earthquake occurred 123.1 miles away from Westphalia center
On 8/9/1997 at 17:46:03, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 92.5 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 (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Westphalia topographic map

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)

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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
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 10.0%
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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.8
Iowa average:

10.4

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Westphalia city (based on Shelby County data)

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.
Iowa:

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
Here:

4.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Shelby County:

27.3%
Iowa:

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

16.0%
State:

14.5%
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
Financial Administration 0$0 7$217
Totals for Government 0$0 7$217

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $19,000 ($150.79)
    General - Other: $3,000 ($23.81)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000 ($15.87)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($15.87)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($15.87)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($7.94)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,000 ($7.94)

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

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $13,000 ($103.17)
    General Support: $3,000 ($23.81)
  • Tax - Property: $14,000 ($111.11)
    Total General Sales: $8,000 ($63.49)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $62,000 ($492.06)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0 ($0.00)

4.60% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,780 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.60%
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 Pottawattamie County, IA  1.03% ($34,080 average AGI)
from Crawford County, IA  0.31% ($26,000)
from Douglas County, NE  0.31% ($34,333)


6.29% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,823 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.29%
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 Pottawattamie County, IA  1.12% ($29,582 average AGI)
to Douglas County, NE  0.65% ($26,719)
to Crawford County, IA  0.39% ($39,895)

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (55%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33%)
  • Utility gas (7%)
  • Other fuel (3%)

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 below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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