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Black Hawk County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 132,897 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 128,012 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 23,623
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 12,026
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 34,239
Renter-occupied apartments: 16,821 (it was 15,444 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

28%

Land area: 567 sq. mi.

Water area: 4.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 234 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Black Hawk County: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (31.1%), Retail trade (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 48%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Black Hawk County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (83.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (8.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • Asian alone (1.3%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 64,586  (48.6%)
Females: 68,311  (51.4%)
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Black Hawk County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Black Hawk County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $50,169 ($37,266 in 1999)

This county:

$50,169
Iowa:

$54,736

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $605 (lower quartile is $474, upper quartile is $736)
This county:

$605
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $140,500 (it was $76,200 in 2000)
Black Hawk:

$140,500
Iowa:

$136,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $92,700 - $207,400

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $169,182
Here:

$169,182
State:

$171,636

Townhouses or other attached units: $151,132
Here:

$151,132
State:

$165,333

In 2-unit structures: $165,223
Here:

$165,223
State:

$154,532

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $114,232
Here:

$114,232
State:

$106,475

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $143,291
Here:

$143,291
State:

$128,443

Mobile homes: $23,613
Here:

$23,613
State:

$47,660
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,118
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $439

Institutionalized population: 1,258

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 9
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 25
  • Burglaries: 121
  • Thefts: 138
  • Auto thefts: 14

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 7
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 13
  • Burglaries: 199
  • Thefts: 118
  • Auto thefts: 6
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 341 buildings, average cost: $181,300
  • 2008: 243 buildings, average cost: $187,200
  • 2009: 249 buildings, average cost: $180,700
  • 2010: 300 buildings, average cost: $175,600
  • 2011: 276 buildings, average cost: $169,500
  • 2012: 298 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2013: 259 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2014: 265 buildings, average cost: $218,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $2,390 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,079 (1.6%)

Black Hawk County household income distribution in 2009 Black Hawk County home values distribution Black Hawk County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 13.7%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.5% for Black residents, 22.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.1% for American Indian residents, 30.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 11.1% for other race residents, 28.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 13.7%
Black Hawk County:

13.7%
Iowa:

12.2%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.1% for Black residents, 22.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.1% for American Indian residents, 30.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 11.3% for other race residents, 19.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 34 years old
(Males: 33 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 37 years old, Black residents: 26 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 19 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

Area name: Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Black Hawk County is $459 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $549 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $674 a month.

Cities in this county include: Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, La Porte City, Hudson, Elk Run Heights, Washburn, Gilbertville, Dunkerton, Raymond.

Black Hawk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Black Hawk County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 23.8 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Broome County, New York , Hampshire County, Massachusetts , Crawford County, Wisconsin , Ontario County, New York , Jones County , Rock County, Nebraska .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.0%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 15,933
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,779 (31% naturalized citizens)

Black Hawk County:

3.7%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2,758
  • 1990 to 1994: 549
  • 1985 to 1989: 249
  • 1980 to 1984: 277
  • 1975 to 1979: 218
  • 1970 to 1974: 172
  • 1970 to 1974: 90
  • 1965 to 1969: 466
Note: State values scaled to Black Hawk County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.4%

Black Hawk County marital status for males Black Hawk County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 36,851
  • One, attached: 1,327
  • Two: 2,061
  • 3 or 4: 1,858
  • 5 to 9: 2,404
  • 10 to 19: 2,238
  • 20 or more: 2,676
  • Mobile homes: 2,333
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 11

Housing units in Black Hawk County with a mortgage: 18,375 (1,971 second mortgage, 2,876 home equity loan, 115 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 10,977

Here:

62.6% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Black Hawk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant24,94754
Catholic20,04911
Evangelical Protestant14,57777
Black Protestant9,11611
Other2,39211
Orthodox601
None59,949-
Black Hawk County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 21
Black Hawk County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 59
Black Hawk County:

4.64 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 94
This county:

7.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Black Hawk County:

7.9%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Black Hawk County:

26.6%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Black Hawk County:

Average size of farms: 293 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $121,814
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $288.85
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.76%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 39.07%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $105,838
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 87.74%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.07%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $106,687
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.11%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.39
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 8.56%
Corn for grain: 124214 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 109283 harvested acres
Vegetables: 206 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 15 acres

Earthquake activity:

Black Hawk County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 84% 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 364.5 miles away from Black Hawk County 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 345.0 miles away from the county 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 190.8 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 286.6 miles away from the county 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 393.6 miles away from Black Hawk County 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 364.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 26, 2014 to July 08, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4187: August 05, 2014, FEMA Id: 4187, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 01, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1930: July 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1930, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storm, Incident Period: July 10, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1854: August 13, 2009, FEMA Id: 1854, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1763: May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: 1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 23, 2007 to March 02, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1688: March 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1688, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Iowa Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3239: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1518: May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: 1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 02, 1999 to August 10, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1282: July 22, 1999, FEMA Id: 1282, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 16, 1999 to May 29, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1277: May 21, 1999, FEMA Id: 1277, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1230: July 02, 1998, FEMA Id: 1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Black Hawk County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 6, Heavy Rains: 2, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (37%)
  • Mexico (13%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • India (4%)
  • Vietnam (3%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Canada (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Black Hawk County (%):

  • German (39%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • English (7%)
  • Norwegian (6%)
  • Danish (2%)
  • Yugoslavian (2%)

Black Hawk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 52,078 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 5,312 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 474 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 11 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 6 (0%)
  • Taxi: 17 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 33 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 272 (0%)
  • Walked: 2,625 (4%)
  • Other means: 236 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 1,833 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 4,005 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,124 people in nursing homes
  • 617 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 151 people in halfway houses
  • 150 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 110 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 105 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 103 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 30 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 18 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 16 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 15 people in other group homes
  • 12 people in religious group quarters
  • 10 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 4,200 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,069 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 282 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 160 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 151 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 53 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 25 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 10 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 7 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $55,591.

5.37% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,420 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.37%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.45% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($21,130 average AGI)
1.92% relocated from other states ($14,290 average AGI)
Black Hawk County:

1.92%
Iowa average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Bremer County, IA  0.35% ($38,088 average AGI)
from Linn County, IA  0.32% ($26,264)
from Polk County, IA  0.23% ($33,018)
from Buchanan County, IA  0.20% ($35,867)
from Grundy County, IA  0.19% ($46,105)
from Butler County, IA  0.18% ($28,784)
from Johnson County, IA  0.12% ($34,754)


5.55% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,596 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.29% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($21,736 average AGI)
2.26% relocated to other states ($16,861 average AGI)
Black Hawk County:

2.26%
Iowa average:

2.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Polk County, IA  0.40% ($36,292 average AGI)
to Bremer County, IA  0.36% ($44,102)
to Linn County, IA  0.33% ($29,311)
to Grundy County, IA  0.22% ($43,927)
to Buchanan County, IA  0.20% ($32,970)
to Butler County, IA  0.18% ($35,149)
to Johnson County, IA  0.16% ($30,469)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.1

Births per 1000 population in Black Hawk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Black Hawk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Black Hawk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Black Hawk County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Black Hawk County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 20,745 (17,209 aged, 3,536 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,081 (7%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Black Hawk County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,521)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,309)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,223)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (955)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (783)
  • Unspecified dementia (588)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (504)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (330)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (282)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (270)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.38
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 19,202
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 452
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 46,366

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,367
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 979
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 78

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 24.8. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 85.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 31.6
  • Suffocation - 29.3
  • Other - 24.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 125,123
  • In family households: 96,810 (22,798 male householders, 9,312 female householders)
    23,861 spouses, 32,954 children (30,459 natural, 898 adopted, 1,597 stepchildren), 2,080 grandchildren, 1,008 brothers or sisters, 548 parents, 1,000 other relatives, 2,874 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 28,313 (9,615 male householders (6,689 living alone)), 10,745 female householders (8,431 living alone)), 7,953 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,967 (1,258 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 15,524 2-persons, 6,929 3-persons, 5,633 4-persons, 2,611 5-persons, 911 6-persons, 502 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 15,120 1-person, 3,551 2-persons, 804 3-persons, 787 4-persons, 77 5-persons, 13 6-persons, 8 7-or-more-persons.

19,479 married couples with children.
7,642 single-parent households (1,336 men, 6,306 women).

93.5% of residents of Black Hawk County speak English at home.
2.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
3.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (55% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (49% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (74% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $669,795,000 ($5,313 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $15,847,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $297,375,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $159,608,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,083,000
Federal grants: $148,696,000
Federal procurement contracts: $9,889,000 ($1,108,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $39,145,000 ($8,967,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $164,565,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $21,602,000
Federal Government insurance: $127,497,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 8,225
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 5,898
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,207
Here:

+18 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -6,535
Here -52 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Black Hawk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 19.03 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 134
  • 2010 to 2013: 1,880
  • 2000 to 2009: 4,171
  • 1990 to 1999: 3,691
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,626
  • 1970 to 1979: 8,441
  • 1960 to 1969: 8,317
  • 1950 to 1959: 9,709
  • 1940 to 1949: 4,238
  • 1939 or earlier: 12,866
Note: State values scaled to Black Hawk population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Black Hawk County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Black Hawk County population
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 270
  • 3 rooms: 763
  • 4 rooms: 3,951
  • 5 rooms: 9,232
  • 6 rooms: 7,525
  • 7 rooms: 5,260
  • 8 rooms: 3,520
  • 9+ rooms: 3,694
  • 1 room: 558
  • 2 rooms: 1,654
  • 3 rooms: 3,099
  • 4 rooms: 4,357
  • 5 rooms: 2,563
  • 6 rooms: 1,674
  • 7 rooms: 859
  • 8 rooms: 384
  • 9+ rooms: 296
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Black Hawk County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Black Hawk County population
  • no bedroom: 76
  • 1 bedroom: 1,164
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,277
  • 3 bedrooms: 17,340
  • 4 bedrooms: 5,324
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,058
  • no bedroom: 794
  • 1 bedroom: 4,730
  • 2 bedrooms: 6,373
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,536
  • 4 bedrooms: 775
  • 5+ bedrooms: 236
Cars and other vehicles available in Black Hawk County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Black Hawk County population
  • no vehicle: 1,221
  • 1 vehicle: 8,822
  • 2 vehicles: 15,457
  • 3 vehicles: 5,970
  • 4 vehicles: 1,975
  • 5+ vehicles: 794
  • no vehicle: 2,615
  • 1 vehicle: 6,979
  • 2 vehicles: 4,037
  • 3 vehicles: 995
  • 4 vehicles: 585
  • 5+ vehicles: 233

56% of Black Hawk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Iowa.

Black Hawk County:

56.0%
State average:

57.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 99,073
  • Northeast: 1,427
  • Midwest: 13,300
  • South: 5,773
  • West: 3,057

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $67,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Black Hawk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (82.8%)
  • Electricity (8.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (64.1%)
  • Electricity (29.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,276
Here:

17.1%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 959
Here:

13.1%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 652
Here:

4.5%
Iowa:

25.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Black Hawk County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,457,000
    General - Other: $1,190,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $21,788,000
    Correctional Institutions: $7,954,000
    Police Protection: $4,618,000
    Regular Highways: $4,131,000
    General - Other: $3,953,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,523,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,551,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,151,000
    Financial Administration: $1,978,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,797,000
    General Public Buildings: $998,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $790,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $158,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $52,000
    Sewerage: $43,000
    Local Fire Protection: $13,000
    Water Utilities: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,061,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $23,808,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $18,000

Black Hawk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,969,000
    Parks and Recreation: $273,000
    Sewerage: $180,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,791,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,278,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,762,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,075,000
    Sale of Property: $77,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $74,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $12,510,000
    General Local Government Support: $5,590,000
    Highways: $3,478,000
    All Other: $1,905,000
    Public Welfare: $15,000
  • Tax - Property: $26,006,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,606,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $671,000
    Other License: $355,000

Black Hawk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,310,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,660,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $10,643,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $8,186,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,980,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,850,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,330,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $393,000

Black Hawk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,735,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,747,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,127,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,891
  • Number of aged recipients: 112
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,779
  • Number of recipients under 18: 566
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,018
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 307
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 952
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,364
Black Hawk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Black Hawk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 37 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED897$109,5351,248$129,3983,062$137,524143$48,87432$425,500322$95,87016$37,125
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED43$101,395124$119,379254$135,40615$37,8671$2,788,00012$78,16712$36,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED83$97,988109$118,376606$111,558122$36,7951$228,00043$70,88429$34,690
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN88$105,443163$129,963553$132,85225$74,4000$019$95,1051$126,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$104,0008$257,37565$140,0152$27,0000$01$180,0003$26,333
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 36 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED297$140,067190$158,8321$65,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED51$141,60848$152,1671$68,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$163,12514$156,5000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN18$148,00015$154,3330$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$102,0002$68,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Black Hawk County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John85976.1 years
Mary76578.8 years
Robert64871.5 years
William64176.0 years
James52970.9 years
Donald42171.6 years
Helen41480.5 years
George40877.7 years
Dorothy38677.5 years
Margaret37980.6 years
Most common last names in Black Hawk County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith40976.3 years
Miller35579.2 years
Johnson33176.6 years
Brown20577.3 years
Anderson17875.8 years
Wilson16175.3 years
Jones15173.4 years
Thompson14978.9 years
Hansen12977.0 years
Nelson12176.5 years
Businesses in Black Hawk County, IA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI2LensCrafters1
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza3
Advance Auto Parts3Long John Silver's2
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
AmericInn1Marriott1
American Eagle Outfitters1MasterBrand Cabinets12
Applebee's2Maurices2
Arby's3McDonald's7
Ashley Furniture2Menards1
AutoZone1Motel 61
Barnes & Noble1Motherhood Maternity1
Bath & Body Works2New Balance3
Baymont Inn1Nike13
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Blockbuster1Old Navy1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Olive Garden1
Burger King4Pac Sun1
CVS3Panera Bread2
Carson Pirie Scott2Papa John's Pizza2
Catherines1Payless2
Chevrolet3Penske1
Chuck E. Cheese's1PetSmart1
Clarion1Pier 1 Imports1
Cold Stone Creamery2Pizza Hut5
Comfort Inn1Popeyes1
Comfort Suites1Quality1
Curves1Quiznos2
Dairy Queen5RadioShack2
Days Inn3Ramada1
Decora Cabinetry2Red Lobster1
Dennys1Rue211
Domino's Pizza1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
DressBarn1SAS Shoes1
Dressbarn1SONIC Drive-In1
Econo Lodge1Sam's Club1
Express1Sears3
Famous Footwear2Shoe Carnival1
FedEx18Slumberland1
Finish Line1Spencer Gifts1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Sprint Nextel2
Foot Locker1Staples1
Ford3Starbucks4
GNC2Subaru1
GameStop3Suburban1
Goodwill2Subway12
H&R Block6Super 82
Hardee's3T.J.Maxx1
Hilton1Taco Bell1
Hobby Lobby2Target2
Holiday Inn3The Room Place1
Home Depot1Toyota1
Honda1Toys"R"Us1
Howard Johnson1True Value1
Hyundai1U-Haul4
IHOP1UPS21
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Jones New York4Victoria's Secret2
Journeys1Village Inn2
Justice1Volkswagen1
KFC3Walgreens4
Kincaid1Walmart2
Kmart1Wendy's2
Kohl's1Wingate1
La-Z-Boy3YMCA1
Lane Furniture1

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  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
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