Calhoun County, Iowa (IA)

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County population in 2012: 9,909 (all rural); it was 11,115 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,678
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,710
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,495
Renter-occupied apartments: 854 (it was 1,018 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

28%

Land area: 570 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 17 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Calhoun County: 83.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (42.2%), Educational, health and social services (18.9%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 41%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 57%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Calhoun County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.9%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 4,697  (56.9%)
Females: 4,973  (43.1%)

Calhoun County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Calhoun County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,815 ($33,286 in 1999)

This county:

$44815
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $369 (lower quartile is $277, upper quartile is $437)
This county:

$369
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $73,710 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Calhoun:

$73,710
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $42,846 - $116,299
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $787
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $339

Institutionalized population: 170

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


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

Calhoun County, IA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 10 buildings, average cost: $163,800
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $152,600

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,079 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $988 (1.3%)

Calhoun County household income distribution in 2009 Calhoun County home values distribution Calhoun County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.4%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.0% for Black residents, 43.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 78.6% for American Indian residents, 60.0% for other race residents, 19.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.7%
Calhoun County:

13.7%
Iowa:

12.7%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.7% for Black residents, 39.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 78.6% for American Indian residents, 64.7% for other race residents, 17.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 49 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 68 years old, Asian residents: 66 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 7 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Calhoun County is $395 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $640 a month.

Cities in this county include: Rockwell City, Manson, Lake City, Pomeroy, Lohrville, Farnhamville, Twin Lakes, Lytton, Somers, Rinard.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Calhoun County: Williams Township Hall (A), Highway Number Twenty Rest Area (B), Richards (C), Sherwood (D), Kelly Access Area (E), Twin Lakes Golf Club (F), Farnhamville Fire Department (G), Knoke Fire Department - Butler Township Fire Department (H), Calhoun County Home (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Calhoun County include: Trinity Church (A), Saint John Lutheran Church (B), Zion United Methodist Church (C), Immanuel Church (D), Saint Pauls Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Reading Cemetery (1), Swedish Cemetery (2), Trinity Cemetery (3), Roby Cemetery (4), Piper Cemetery (5), Greenwood Cemetery (6), Bishop Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Towhead Lake (A), Briggs Woods Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Camp Creek (A), Welshs Slough (B), West Cedar Creek (C), Lake Creek (D), East Cedar Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Calhoun County include: Munson Prairie (1), Calhoun Wildlife Area (2), Highway Number Four Recreation Area (3), Schilling Sanctuary (4), Cedar Wildlife Area (5), Davis Preservation Area (6), Lohr Wildlife Refuge (7), Johnson Prairie (8), Logan Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Buena Vista County , Carroll County , Greene County , Pocahontas County , Sac County , Webster County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 284
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 58 (66% naturalized citizens)

Calhoun County:

0.5%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 15
  • 1990 to 1994: 14
  • 1985 to 1989: 2
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 18

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 64.8%

Calhoun County marital status for males Calhoun County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Calhoun County with a mortgage: 1,325 (91 second mortgage, 85 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,549

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Calhoun County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,08119
Evangelical Protestant1,62510
Catholic1,5685
Other3082
None1,088-
Calhoun 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: 4
Calhoun County:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Calhoun County:

7.03 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

8.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Calhoun County:

9.1%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Calhoun County:

29.1%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Calhoun County:

Average size of farms: 447 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $184,459
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $267.04
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 41.25%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $149,982
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 90.75%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $148,418
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.90%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.85
Corn for grain: 155718 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 149098 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Calhoun County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 1349472.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 fatalities and 26 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/28/1979, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 26 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Calhoun County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 237.5 miles away from Calhoun County center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 271.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 218.7 miles away from the county center
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 447.3 miles away from the county center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 148.7 miles away from Calhoun County center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 130.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • India (21%)
  • Netherlands (14%)
  • United Kingdom (12%)
  • Germany (12%)
  • Russia (7%)
  • Other Northern Europe (5%)
  • Thailand (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Calhoun County (%):

  • German (47%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • United States or American (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • Danish (2%)

Calhoun County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,863 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 519 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 218 (4%)
  • Other means: 19 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 285 (6%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Calhoun County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 408 people in state prisons
  • 213 people in nursing homes
  • 32 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 16 people in other group homes
  • 8 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
170 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
68 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,992.

5.46% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,521 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.46%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.12% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($27,622 average AGI)
1.33% relocated from other states ($7,899 average AGI)
Calhoun County:

1.33%
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 Webster County, IA  1.28% ($48,765 average AGI)
from Sac County, IA  0.33% ($18,385)
from Carroll County, IA  0.30% ($25,500)


6.02% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,315 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.02%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.42% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($27,967 average AGI)
1.60% relocated to other states ($10,349 average AGI)
Calhoun County:

1.60%
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 Webster County, IA  1.17% ($34,979 average AGI)
to Sac County, IA  0.42% ($40,647)
to Pocahontas County, IA  0.37% ($54,333)
to Carroll County, IA  0.35% ($23,357)
to Polk County, IA  0.35% ($40,643)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Calhoun County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Calhoun County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 2.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 1.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Calhoun County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,538 (2,317 aged, 221 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 9.46
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9109.830
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 236.5
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 20168.39

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1196.970
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1206.550

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 26.37
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 57.45

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,432

Size of family households: 1,602 2-persons, 502 3-persons, 398 4-persons, 193 5-persons, 51 6-persons, 34 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,335 1-person, 119 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,000 married couples with children.
433 single-parent households (98 men, 335 women).

97.5% of residents of Calhoun County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (85% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (87% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $77,852,000 ($7365 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $929,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $32,799,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,120,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $16,397,000
Federal grants: $9,187,000
Federal procurement contracts: $693,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,656,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $290,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,279,000
Federal Government insurance: $77,499,000

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

Births: 490
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 716
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -418
Here -40 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Calhoun County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.12 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 16
  • 2000 to 2004: 119
  • 1990 to 1999: 211
  • 1980 to 1989: 338
  • 1970 to 1979: 681
  • 1960 to 1969: 761
  • 1950 to 1959: 684
  • 1940 to 1949: 371
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,878
Rooms in houses/apartments in Calhoun County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 57
  • 4 rooms: 305
  • 5 rooms: 661
  • 6 rooms: 836
  • 7 rooms: 705
  • 8 rooms: 444
  • 9+ rooms: 469
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 94
  • 3 rooms: 130
  • 4 rooms: 261
  • 5 rooms: 182
  • 6 rooms: 122
  • 7 rooms: 103
  • 8 rooms: 60
  • 9+ rooms: 60
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Calhoun County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 98
  • 2 bedrooms: 856
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,648
  • 4 bedrooms: 742
  • 5+ bedrooms: 149
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 249
  • 2 bedrooms: 366
  • 3 bedrooms: 214
  • 4 bedrooms: 115
  • 5+ bedrooms: 54
Cars and other vehicles available in Calhoun County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 71
  • 1 vehicle: 902
  • 2 vehicles: 1,530
  • 3 vehicles: 653
  • 4 vehicles: 261
  • 5+ vehicles: 78
  • no vehicle: 132
  • 1 vehicle: 502
  • 2 vehicles: 237
  • 3 vehicles: 101
  • 4 vehicles: 29
  • 5+ vehicles: 17

63% of Calhoun County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 46% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Iowa.

Calhoun County:

63.0%
State average:

57.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $21,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Calhoun County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (60.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (28.6%)
  • Electricity (7.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.0%)
  • Wood (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (44.6%)
  • Electricity (26.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.1%)
  • Wood (1.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 31
Here:

2.5%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 24
Here:

3.3%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 32
Here:

12.7%
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)

Calhoun County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Health Services - Other: $3,233,000
    Regular Highways: $2,574,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $1,002,000
    Police Protection: $814,000
    General - Other: $619,000
    Welfare - Other: $487,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $346,000
    Financial Administration: $332,000
    General Public Buildings: $180,000
    Parks & Recreation: $129,000
    Libraries: $122,000
    Central Staff Services: $89,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $76,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $13,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $10,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $410,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,565,000

Calhoun County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $487,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $761,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $44,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $342,000
    Interest Earnings: $148,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,349,000
    All Other: $1,948,000
    Health & Hospitals: $659,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,658,000

Calhoun County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $5,413,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Calhoun County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Calhoun County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Calhoun County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John14079.9 years
William10481.2 years
Mary10081.7 years
Charles7777.7 years
George6979.8 years
Anna6987.4 years
Margaret6481.5 years
Fred5982.1 years
Helen5881.3 years
Frank5781.9 years
Most common last names in Calhoun County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson11279.6 years
Miller4477.9 years
Nelson4182.0 years
Peterson4081.1 years
Anderson3881.5 years
Carlson3075.4 years
Meyer2983.3 years
Smith2880.5 years
Clark2780.2 years
Peters2676.2 years

Businesses in Calhoun County, IA