What Cheer, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 630 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -7.1%
 
Males: 291  (46.2%)
Females: 339  (53.8%)
Median resident age:  41.1 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip codes: 50268.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $26,555 (it was $27,292 in 2000)
What Cheer:

$26,555
IA:

$52,229

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $12,945 (it was $16,613 in 2000)

What Cheer city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $32,057 (it was $23,900 in 2000)
What Cheer:

$32,057
IA:

$126,900

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $46,525; Detached houses: $39,685; Mobile homes: $65,905

Median gross rent in 2013: $438.

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  • Races in What Cheer, IA (2010)

    What Cheer races chart
    • 63798.6%White alone
    • 60.9%Two or more races
    • 10.2%American Indian alone
    • 10.2%Asian alone
    • 10.2%Hispanic

Races in What Cheer detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in What Cheer: 82.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (19.2%), Irish (16.6%), English (15.3%), United States (7.2%), Dutch (3.5%), Scotch-Irish (3.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/27/1880

Elevation: 772 feet

Land area: 1.21 square miles.

Population density: 520 people per square mile   (low).

What Cheer,IA real estate house value index trend

What Cheer, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in What Cheer:

  • High school or higher: 74.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 6.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in What Cheer city:

  • Never married: 32.3%
  • Now married: 42.4%
  • Separated: 3.2%
  • Widowed: 8.9%
  • Divorced: 13.2%

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.3%
Iowa:

3.1%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 3 registered sex offenders living in What Cheer, Iowa as of July 27, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in What Cheer to the number of sex offenders is 212 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $647 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $472 (1.5%)

What Cheer satellite photo by USGS

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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.40 N, Longitude: 92.36 W

Area code: 641

What Cheer household income distribution What Cheer home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.3%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -83 (-10.9%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (46%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (16%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (2%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (1%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Information (3%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (2%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (36%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (17%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in What Cheer: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in What Cheer, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

What Cheer-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 86% 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.

Earthquake activity:

What Cheer-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 83% 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 312.6 miles away from the city 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 296.2 miles away from What Cheer 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 179.2 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 329.4 miles away from the city 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 339.1 miles away from What Cheer 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 313.1 miles away from the city 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 Keokuk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
What Cheer topographic map

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

Hospitals and 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)
  • SENIOR HOME (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; MONTEZUMA, IA)
  • MAHASKA MANOR (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)
  • MAHASKA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)
  • MAHASKA HOSPICE (Hospital, about 16 miles away; OSKALOOSA, IA)

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

  • Indian Hills Community College (about 25 miles; Ottumwa, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,034)
  • University of Iowa (about 47 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 51 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 69 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 69 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 72 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 74 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,251)

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 2013: 37.2%
(37.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Hispanic or Latino 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

What Cheer compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly 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 below state average.
  • House age 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.

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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Iowa average:

10.3

What Cheer travel time to work - commute What Cheer mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (70%)
  • Electricity (23%)
  • Wood (6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,53123
Catholic1,5823
Evangelical Protestant3036
Other2-
None6,093-
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
Keokuk County:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Keokuk County:

26.9%
Iowa:

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

15.1%
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
Other Government Administration 1$2,576$30,9120$0
Streets and Highways 1$3,667$44,0042$1,559
Totals for Government 2$6,243$37,4582$1,559

4.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,287 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.58%
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 Mahaska County, IA  0.61% ($25,667 average AGI)
from Washington County, IA  0.53% ($27,333)
from Wapello County, IA  0.51% ($27,050)


6.38% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,296 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.38%
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 Mahaska County, IA  1.02% ($26,927 average AGI)
to Washington County, IA  0.79% ($23,656)
to Iowa County, IA  0.52% ($37,286)

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 persons involved: 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

Incident types - What Cheer

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for What Cheer, IA
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

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