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Decatur County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 8,263 (all rural); it was 8,689 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,168
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,103
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,374
Renter-occupied apartments: 952 (it was 963 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

28%

Land area: 532 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Decatur County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (39.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (27.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 51%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 47%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Decatur County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Asian alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 4,140  (50.1%)
Females: 4,123  (49.9%)

Decatur County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Decatur County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $39,685 ($27,343 in 1999)

This county:

$39,685
Iowa:

$54,736

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $375 (lower quartile is $249, upper quartile is $456)
This county:

$375
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $85,853 (it was $51,900 in 2000)
Decatur:

$85,853
Iowa:

$136,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,305 - $159,484
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $978
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $425

Institutionalized population: 91

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 0
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 9
  • Auto thefts: 2
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $179,200
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $93,300
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $48,800
  • 2011: 4 buildings, average cost: $48,800
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $147,500
  • 2013: 6 buildings, average cost: $77,000
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,900

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: $1,510 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,232 (1.6%)

Decatur County household income distribution in 2009 Decatur County home values distribution Decatur County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 20.6%
(20.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.0% for Black residents, 24.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 1.0% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 20.0%
Decatur County:

20.0%
Iowa:

12.2%
(19.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.5% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 51 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 19 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Decatur County is $379 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $608 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lamoni, Leon, Davis City, Garden Grove, Van Wert, Grand River, Decatur City, Weldon, Pleasanton, Le Roy.

Decatur 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 Decatur County: Hibbsville (A), Piano (B), Tranquillity (C), Griffinsville (D), Milledgeville (E), Jerome (F), Rathbun (G), Clarkdale (H), Brazil (I), Little Flock Chapel Roadside Rest Area (J), Rathbun Fish Hatchery (K), Appanoose County Farm (L), Appanoose Country Club (M), Southern Appanoose County First Responders (N), Rathbun Research Center (O). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Decatur County include: Concord Church (A), Fairview Church (B), Hilltown Church (C), Chariton River Church (D), Little Flock Chapel (E), North Bend Church (F), Orleans Church (G), Salem Church (H), Sharon Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Numa Cemetery (1), Otterbien Cemetery (2), Philadelphia Cemetery (3), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (4), Boswell Cemetery (5), Bryant Cemetery (6), Porter Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Rathbun Lake (A), Lake Sundown (B), Mystic Reservoir (C), Upper City Reservoir (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boyd Branch (A), Brush Creek (B), Buck Branch (C), Buzzard Creek (D), Catfish Branch (E), Catherall Creek (F), Cooper Creek (G), Spring Creek (H), South Fork Chariton River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Decatur County include: Sharon Bluffs State Park (1), Tubaugh Wildlife Area (2), Sundown Lake Recreation Area (3), Moravia Recreation Area (4), Plano Recreation Area (5), Sedan Bottoms (6), Rolling Cove Park (7), Island View Park (8), Prairie Ridge Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Appanoose County , Clarke County , Jefferson County, Ohio , Henry County , Monroe County , Taylor County , Schuyler County, Missouri .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,075
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 176 (15% naturalized citizens)

Decatur County:

2.0%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 117
  • 1990 to 1994: 11
  • 1985 to 1989: 8
  • 1980 to 1984: 24
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1965 to 1969: 7
Note: State values scaled to Decatur County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 68.1%

Decatur County marital status for males Decatur County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,941
  • One, attached: 23
  • Two: 83
  • 3 or 4: 150
  • 5 to 9: 127
  • 10 to 19: 39
  • 20 or more: 94
  • Mobile homes: 363
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 13

Housing units in Decatur County with a mortgage: 622 (32 second mortgage, 15 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 812

Here:

43.4% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Decatur County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,38316
Other6324
Mainline Protestant6308
Catholic1952
None5,617-
Decatur 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: 2
Decatur County:

2.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Decatur County:

4.74 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

4.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Decatur County:

7.7%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Decatur County:

26.0%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.7%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Decatur County:

Average size of farms: 353 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $53,275
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $149.85
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.14%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 65.66%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $53,937
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 34.62%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $83,147
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.23%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.57
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.08%
Corn for grain: 26741 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 225 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 33101 harvested acres
Vegetables: 53 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 28 acres

Tornado activity:

Decatur County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 2200765.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 15 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/20/1959, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Decatur County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 80% 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 351.7 miles away from Decatur 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 340.4 miles away from the county 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 336.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 358.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 92.5 miles away from Decatur 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 373.0 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 03, 2014 to June 05, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4181: July 14, 2014, FEMA Id: 4181, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 17, 2013 to April 30, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4119: May 31, 2013, FEMA Id: 4119, Natural disaster type: Storm, 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 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 Storm, Incident Period: December 10, 2007 to December 11, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1737: January 04, 2008, FEMA Id: 1737, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 05, 2007 to May 07, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1705: May 25, 2007, FEMA Id: 1705, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 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 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
  • Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 01, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-996: July 09, 1993, FEMA Id: 996, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: September 14, 1992 to September 15, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-965: October 02, 1992, FEMA Id: 965, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Decatur County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 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
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Educational services (26%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (18%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

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

  • Canada (32%)
  • Germany (11%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (10%)
  • Taiwan (9%)
  • Mexico (9%)
  • Honduras (8%)
  • Turkey (6%)

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

  • German (25%)
  • United States or American (16%)
  • English (15%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • Dutch (4%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Decatur County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,706 (67%)
  • Carpooled: 546 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 10 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 10 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 378 (9%)
  • Other means: 46 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 316 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 630 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 101 people in nursing homes
  • 31 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Decatur County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 561 people in college/university student housing
  • 90 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 5 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $38,442.

6.20% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,460 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.20%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.58% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($20,117 average AGI)
2.62% relocated from other states ($14,344 average AGI)
Decatur County:

2.62%
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 Clarke County, IA  0.95% ($45,280 average AGI)
from Polk County, IA  0.72% ($40,053)


9.10% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,988 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.10%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.31% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($15,069 average AGI)
3.80% relocated to other states ($13,919 average AGI)
Decatur County:

3.80%
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 Clarke County, IA  1.25% ($23,500 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  1.03% ($27,607)
to Ringgold County, IA  0.37% ($19,500)
to Union County, IA  0.37% ($16,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Births per 1000 population in Decatur County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Decatur County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Decatur County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Decatur County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Decatur County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,658 (1,450 aged, 208 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 150 (8%)

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 Decatur County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (188)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (95)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (79)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (75)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (60)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (50)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (45)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (42)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (40)
  • Malaise and fatigue (34)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 11.71
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,802
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 293
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 27,665

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,313
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 825

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 37
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 46

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,794
  • In family households: 6,359 (1,564 male householders, 512 female householders)
    1,664 spouses, 2,226 children (2,040 natural, 50 adopted, 136 stepchildren), 104 grandchildren, 36 brothers or sisters, 33 parents, 31 other relatives, 165 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 1,435 (547 male householders (415 living alone)), 600 female householders (524 living alone)), 288 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 663 (91 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 1,057 2-persons, 401 3-persons, 302 4-persons, 190 5-persons, 72 6-persons, 54 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 939 1-person, 159 2-persons, 31 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,485 married couples with children.
365 single-parent households (80 men, 285 women).

94.4% of residents of Decatur County speak English at home.
2.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 19% speak English not well).
2.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (68% speak English very well, 32% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $59,426,000 ($6,960 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $562,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,868,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,193,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,153,000
Federal grants: $17,064,000
Federal procurement contracts: $596,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,551,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $8,425,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,090,000
Federal Government insurance: $12,076,000

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

Births: 459
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 507
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +109
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -134
Here -16 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Decatur County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.57 millions of gallons per day (58% from ground, 42% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 74
  • 2010 to 2013: 71
  • 2000 to 2009: 369
  • 1990 to 1999: 446
  • 1980 to 1989: 325
  • 1970 to 1979: 607
  • 1960 to 1969: 303
  • 1950 to 1959: 212
  • 1940 to 1949: 178
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,347
Note: State values scaled to Decatur population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Decatur County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Decatur County population
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 50
  • 4 rooms: 291
  • 5 rooms: 489
  • 6 rooms: 521
  • 7 rooms: 410
  • 8 rooms: 247
  • 9+ rooms: 342
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 110
  • 3 rooms: 225
  • 4 rooms: 188
  • 5 rooms: 160
  • 6 rooms: 142
  • 7 rooms: 48
  • 8 rooms: 36
  • 9+ rooms: 36
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Decatur County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Decatur County population
  • no bedroom: 18
  • 1 bedroom: 80
  • 2 bedrooms: 642
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,039
  • 4 bedrooms: 428
  • 5+ bedrooms: 167
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 356
  • 2 bedrooms: 291
  • 3 bedrooms: 196
  • 4 bedrooms: 69
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26
Cars and other vehicles available in Decatur County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Decatur County population
  • no vehicle: 83
  • 1 vehicle: 545
  • 2 vehicles: 1,055
  • 3 vehicles: 462
  • 4 vehicles: 155
  • 5+ vehicles: 74
  • no vehicle: 174
  • 1 vehicle: 455
  • 2 vehicles: 240
  • 3 vehicles: 65
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 15

54% of Decatur County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 39% lived in Iowa.

Decatur County:

54.5%
State average:

57.7%

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

  • This state: 5,836
  • Northeast: 161
  • Midwest: 1,627
  • South: 448
  • West: 415

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $22,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Decatur County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44.1%)
  • Utility gas (37.2%)
  • Electricity (12.5%)
  • Wood (4.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.3%)
  • Utility gas (46.5%)
  • Electricity (29.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.9%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 57
Here:

6.1%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 51
Here:

11.1%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 797
Here:

79.1%
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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 190
  • Number of aged recipients: 32
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 158
  • Number of recipients under 18: 17
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 117
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 56
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 97
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 73
Decatur County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Decatur County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6275.3 years
William6079.6 years
Mary6082.2 years
Charles5479.8 years
Robert4377.0 years
James4077.4 years
George3780.2 years
Helen3780.6 years
Ruth3579.9 years
Margaret3283.0 years
Most common last names in Decatur County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7977.9 years
Jones3377.1 years
Hill2877.0 years
Johnson2780.2 years
Baker2582.1 years
Brown2375.3 years
Evans2177.1 years
Martin1973.3 years
Davis1881.4 years
Scott1879.3 years
Businesses in Decatur County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Alco Stores1Super 81
Dairy Queen1True Value1
H&R Block2U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1U.S. Cellular1
Pizza Hut1