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Population in 2012: 636 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -6.2%
 

Males: 301  (47.4%)
Females: 335  (52.6%)

Median resident age:  45.3 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50268.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $30,255 (it was $27,292 in 2000)
What Cheer:

$30,255
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $13,973

What Cheer city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $37,787 (it was $23,900 in 2000)
What Cheer:

$37,787
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $52,987; Detached houses: $45,929; Mobile homes: $89,844

Median gross rent in 2012: $434.

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  • White alone - 637 (98.6%)
  • Two or more races - 6 (0.9%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in What Cheer: 82.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (23.0%), German (16.6%), English (12.8%), Dutch (4.1%), United States (4.0%), Scotch-Irish (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/27/1880

Elevation: 772 feet

Land area: 1.21 square miles.

Population density: 525 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in What Cheer:

  • High school or higher: 81.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 13.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in What Cheer city:

  • Never married: 28.5%
  • Now married: 48.3%
  • Separated: 3.8%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 12.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.3%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in What Cheer, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in What Cheer to the number of sex offenders is 636 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $491 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $421 (1.2%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Iowa City, IA (46.5 miles , pop. 62,220).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (190.2 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (243.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Thornburg, IA (2.0 miles) , Delta, IA (2.3 miles ), Gibson, IA (2.4 miles) , Keswick, IA (2.7 miles ), Rose Hill, IA (2.8 miles ), Sigourney, IA (3.0 miles ), Barnes City, IA (3.1 miles ), Webster, IA (3.1 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $90,300
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $96,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 41.40 N, Longitude: 92.36 W

Area code: 641

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.8%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -83 (-10.9%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (37%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (18%)
  • Public administration (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (2%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Carpenters (8%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

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Tornado activity:

What Cheer-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 176% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/12/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.8 miles away from the What Cheer city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/7/1984, a category F4 tornado 29.0 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 64 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Keokuk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
What Cheer topographic map

Birthplace of: Frank Hayes (unionist) - Labor leader.


Hospitals/medical centers near What Cheer:

  • SIGOURNEY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; SIGOURNEY, IA)
  • MANOR HOUSE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; SIGOURNEY, IA)
  • MONTEZUMA NURSING AND REHAB CENT (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; MONTEZUMA, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in What Cheer, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to What Cheer:

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 25 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,272)
  • University of Iowa (about 47 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,313)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 51 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)
  • Drake University (about 69 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 4,382)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 69 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 8,947)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 72 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 74 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,087)

Library in What Cheer:

  • WHAT CHEER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $12,507; Location: 308 S BARNES ST; 5,599 books; 39 audio materials; 1,262 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 26 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in What Cheer: What Cheer Fire Department (A), What Cheer Police Department (B), What Cheer Public Library (C), What Cheer Brick School Museum (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in What Cheer include: United Methodist Church (A), Christian Church Disciples (B), What Cheer Christian Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in What Cheer: Griffin Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Keokuk 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: 31.8%
(31.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 62.5% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  56.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.1%
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: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in What Cheer, IA

What Cheer compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above 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 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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Banks with branches in What Cheer (2011 data):

  • First National Bank Midwest: What Cheer Branch at 108 South Barnes, branch established on 1936/06/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $100.0 mil, Deposits: $88.0 mil, headquarters in Oskaloosa, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: It&S Of Iowa, Inc.

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (74%)
  • Electricity (18%)
  • Wood (7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for What Cheer city (based on Keokuk County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 54.70%
Here54.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Presbyterian Church (USA)Friends (Quakers)
Adherents36.7%29.4%13.2%7.5%5.1%
Congregations10.8%32.4%16.2%10.8%10.8%
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChurch of the BrethrenLutheran ChurchChristian UnionOther
Adherents2.0%1.9%1.6%1.1%1.4%
Congregations5.4%2.7%2.7%2.7%5.4%
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
Keokuk County:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Keokuk County:

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Keokuk County:

26.9%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.1%
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 1$1,661$19,9320$0
Streets and Highways 1$2,365$28,3801$611
Totals for Government 2$4,026$24,1561$611


5.35% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,977 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.35%
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 Washington County, IA  0.72% ($32,345 average AGI)
from Mahaska County, IA  0.69% ($32,357)
from Wapello County, IA  0.55% ($30,136)


6.19% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,127 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.19%
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 Mahaska County, IA  0.81% ($30,303 average AGI)
to Wapello County, IA  0.71% ($23,724)
to Iowa County, IA  0.59% ($33,083)

Strongest AM radio stations in What Cheer:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KCJJ (1630 AM; 10 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: RIVER CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSUI (910 AM; 5 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in What Cheer:

  • KBOE-FM (104.9 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • KSKB (99.1 FM; BROOKLYN, IA; Owner: FLORIDA PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KRNA (94.1 FM; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KKSI (101.5 FM; EDDYVILLE, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KCWN (99.9 FM; NEW SHARON, IA; Owner: CROWN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KOTM-FM (97.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around What Cheer:

  • KYOU-TV (Channel 15; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K51FJ (Channel 51; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K10OO (Channel 10; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: RICHARD P. JACKSON, JR.)
  • K65GA (Channel 65; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K21EM (Channel 21; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K31ED (Channel 31; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K53FC (Channel 53; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K58ER (Channel 58; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

What Cheer fatal accident list:

Oct 2, 1986 08:27 PM, Hwy 21, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1



FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • PETER M CONNOLLY, 12245 175th Street (Lat: 41.403833 Lon: -92.368389), Type: 78.9, Overall height: 76.2 m
    Registrant: 2028625989, Pconnolly@hklaw.Com, 2099 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW, STE 100
  • PETER M CONNOLLY, 12245 175th Street (Lat: 41.403833 Lon: -92.368389), Type: 78.9, Overall height: 76.2 m
    Registrant: 2028625989, Pconnolly@hklaw.Com, 2099 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW, STE 100

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • WHAT CHEER, 12245 175th Street (Lat: 41.403833 Lon: -92.368389), Type: Tower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 78.9 m, Call Sign: WQGC662
    Assigned Frequencies: 6635.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/11/2006, Expiration Date: 12/11/2016, Certifier: Steven T Campbell
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KD6QGJ, Licensee ID: L00559975
    Grant Date: 09/27/2003, Expiration Date: 09/27/2013
    Registrant: Harlan J Spain, What Cheer, IA 50268
  • Call Sign: KE6ECP, Licensee ID: L00602266
    Grant Date: 09/30/2003, Expiration Date: 12/28/2013
    Registrant: Richard D Armstong, 13726 170th Street, What Cheer, IA 50268


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 25
  • Hazardous Condition: 3
  • Good Intent Call: 2

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Most common first names in What Cheer, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1580.7 years
John1179.8 years
Mary1084.5 years
Robert969.6 years
Margaret988.2 years
Opal877.5 years
Richard869.8 years
Roy777.0 years
Anna788.5 years
Fred682.0 years
Most common last names in What Cheer, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Armstrong1181.4 years
Kitzman781.3 years
Smith782.0 years
Vanpatten781.3 years
Moore784.4 years
Danner676.3 years
Molyneux683.8 years
Thomas679.5 years
White679.8 years
Mckay682.9 years

What Cheer on our top lists:

  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Electrical equipment, appliances, and components"
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