Emmet County, Iowa (IA)

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County population in 2012: 10,120 (60% urban, 40% rural); it was 11,027 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,749
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,465
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,345
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,022 (it was 1,105 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

28%

Land area: 396 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 26 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Emmet County: 78.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (28.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (27.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 35%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 59%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Emmet County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (90.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.4%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 5,143  (52.0%)
Females: 5,159  (48.0%)
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Emmet County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Emmet County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,962 ($33,305 in 1999)

This county:

$48962
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $435 (lower quartile is $341, upper quartile is $556)
This county:

$435
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $83,919 (it was $55,700 in 2000)
Emmet:

$83,919
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $55,929 - $135,699
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $886
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $385

Institutionalized population: 289

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

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 14 buildings, average cost: $54,300
  • 2008: 10 buildings, average cost: $30,000
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $177,500

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,329 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,249 (1.5%)

Emmet County household income distribution in 2009 Emmet County home values distribution Emmet County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.5%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.2% for Black residents, 41.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 66.7% for American Indian residents, 5.0% for other race residents, 8.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.8%
Emmet County:

12.8%
Iowa:

12.7%
(9.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 51.9% for Black residents, 37.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 66.7% for American Indian residents, 3.8% for other race residents, 7.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 18 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 8 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Emmet County is $377 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $610 a month.

Cities in this county include: Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Wallingford, Gruver, Dolliver.

Emmet 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 Emmet County: Highlake (A), Swan Lake (B), Emmet County Home (C), State Line Co-op Elevator (D), Estherville Golf and Country Club (E), River View Golf Course (F), Maple Hill (G), Peterson Access (H), Peterson Point Historic Farmstead (I), Forest Ridge Camp (J), Ingham Lake Camp (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Emmet County include: Immanuel Church (A), Saint John Church (B), Palestine Church (C), Calvary Baptist Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Norwegian Cemetery (1), Swan Lake Village Cemetery (2), High Lake Cemetery (3), Saint Pauls Cemetery (4), Lincoln Township Cemetery (5), Saint Patricks Cemetery (6), Mount Calvary Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: West Slough (A), Twelvemile Lake (B), North Slough (C), Cunningham Slough (D), Eagle Lake (E), Ingham Lake (F), Iowa Lake (G), Swan Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Brown Creek (A), Soldier Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Emmet County include: Okomanpado Lake Historical Marker (1), Anderson Prairie State Preserve (2), Ryan Lake State Game Management Area (3), Cheever Lake State Game Mgt Area (4), Burr Oak Lake Wildlife Management Area (5), West Swan Lake State Game Management Area (6), Cunningham Slough State Game Management Area (7), High Lake State Game Management Area (8), East Swan Lake State Games Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Clay County , Dickinson County , Jackson County, Minnesota , Martin County, Minnesota , Kossuth County , Palo Alto County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.6%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 613
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 250 (29% naturalized citizens)

Emmet County:

2.3%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 61
  • 1990 to 1994: 96
  • 1985 to 1989: 15
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 41
  • 1970 to 1974: 10
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1965 to 1969: 18

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.3%

Emmet County marital status for males Emmet County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Emmet County with a mortgage: 1,488 (100 second mortgage, 169 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,234

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Emmet County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant5,18113
Catholic1,6122
Evangelical Protestant8686
Other2-
None2,639-
Emmet 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
Emmet County:

3.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


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

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Emmet County:

4.81 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

8.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Emmet County:

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Emmet County:

28.7%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.7%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Emmet County:

Average size of farms: 462 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $209,445
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $253.06
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 50.64%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $163,184
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 88.51%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $117,558
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.08%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.89
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.02%
Corn for grain: 108824 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 95132 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Emmet County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 2213894.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Emmet County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 80% 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 171.9 miles away from Emmet 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 242.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 177.4 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 216.7 miles away from the county center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 191.7 miles away from Emmet County center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 156.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Emmet County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 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 (%):

  • Mexico (80%)
  • Netherlands (3%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Ukraine (2%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • Germany (2%)

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

  • German (36%)
  • Norwegian (21%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Danish (6%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • English (4%)
  • Swedish (4%)

Emmet County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,165 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 756 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 43 (1%)
  • Railroad: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 138 (3%)
  • Other means: 27 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 279 (5%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 212 people in nursing homes
  • 151 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 124 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 26 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 22 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 242 people in college/university student housing
  • 182 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 70 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 30 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 7 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 7 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $48,605.

5.50% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,944 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.50%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.92% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($14,775 average AGI)
2.58% relocated from other states ($15,169 average AGI)
Emmet County:

2.58%
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 Dickinson County, IA  0.67% ($30,615 average AGI)
from Martin County, MN  0.34% ($59,231)
from Clay County, IA  0.28% ($32,091)
from Palo Alto County, IA  0.26% ($24,700)


7.37% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,282 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.37%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.08% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($16,254 average AGI)
3.29% relocated to other states ($17,027 average AGI)
Emmet County:

3.29%
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 Dickinson County, IA  1.04% ($25,780 average AGI)
to Palo Alto County, IA  0.56% ($23,545)
to Clay County, IA  0.46% ($24,944)
to Martin County, MN  0.43% ($31,765)
to Polk County, IA  0.25% ($28,100)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Births per 1000 population in Emmet County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Emmet County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Emmet County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,256 (2,045 aged, 211 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 9.43
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10524.33
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 235.760
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 25198.04

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1329.030
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 939.810
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.49

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 36.74
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 66.45

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 28.48

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,762

Size of family households: 1,397 2-persons, 514 3-persons, 435 4-persons, 223 5-persons, 79 6-persons, 36 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,341 1-person, 164 2-persons, 29 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 4 5-persons.

1,929 married couples with children.
474 single-parent households (98 men, 376 women).

94.7% of residents of Emmet County speak English at home.
4.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (55% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 32% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $74,876,000 ($7061 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $941,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,484,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,168,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,810,000
Federal grants: $10,278,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,174,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,963,000 ($388,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $283,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,644,000
Federal Government insurance: $49,165,000

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

Births: 720
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 710
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +48
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -535
Here -51 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Emmet County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.25 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 3
  • 2000 to 2004: 230
  • 1990 to 1999: 195
  • 1980 to 1989: 159
  • 1970 to 1979: 648
  • 1960 to 1969: 550
  • 1950 to 1959: 932
  • 1940 to 1949: 298
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,705
Rooms in houses/apartments in Emmet County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 68
  • 4 rooms: 336
  • 5 rooms: 766
  • 6 rooms: 695
  • 7 rooms: 573
  • 8 rooms: 445
  • 9+ rooms: 437
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 139
  • 3 rooms: 189
  • 4 rooms: 228
  • 5 rooms: 181
  • 6 rooms: 135
  • 7 rooms: 84
  • 8 rooms: 66
  • 9+ rooms: 70
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Emmet County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 145
  • 2 bedrooms: 719
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,639
  • 4 bedrooms: 695
  • 5+ bedrooms: 147
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 329
  • 2 bedrooms: 333
  • 3 bedrooms: 291
  • 4 bedrooms: 98
  • 5+ bedrooms: 35
Cars and other vehicles available in Emmet County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 129
  • 1 vehicle: 812
  • 2 vehicles: 1,439
  • 3 vehicles: 693
  • 4 vehicles: 172
  • 5+ vehicles: 100
  • no vehicle: 170
  • 1 vehicle: 481
  • 2 vehicles: 289
  • 3 vehicles: 124
  • 4 vehicles: 37
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

62% of Emmet County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Iowa.

Emmet County:

61.8%
State average:

57.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $14,000


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 Emmet County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (70.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.6%)
  • Electricity (4.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.9%)
  • Utility gas (61.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.7%)
  • Electricity (17.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 47
Here:

3.9%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 49
Here:

6.0%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 30
Here:

5.2%
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:

Emmet County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Emmet County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Emmet County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John9977.6 years
Mary6880.6 years
William6576.4 years
Robert6272.5 years
Anna4888.5 years
George4778.4 years
James4272.8 years
Donald3969.2 years
Dorothy3779.6 years
Harold3673.0 years
Most common last names in Emmet County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson7477.4 years
Anderson7276.6 years
Olson5580.8 years
Jensen4779.0 years
Peterson4677.2 years
Hansen4477.3 years
Smith3578.6 years
Petersen3477.4 years
Nelson3277.5 years
Hanson3178.7 years
Businesses in Emmet County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Alco Stores1McDonald's1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen2RadioShack1
FedEx1Sears1
H&R Block1Sleep Inn1
Hardee's1Subway1
Jones New York1Super 81
La-Z-Boy1True Value1
Lane Furniture2UPS1

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