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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. 2012 cost of living index in Emmet County: 77.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.6%), Manufacturing (20.4%), Retail trade (13.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Emmet County, Iowa:


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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Average household size:
Emmet County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $40,540 ($33,305 in 1999)
This county:

$40540
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $328 (lower quartile is $238, upper quartile is $408)
This county:

$328
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $82,176 (it was $55,700 in 2000)
Emmet County:

$82,176
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $55,243 - $118,436

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $110,686
Here:

$110,686
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $84,673
Here:

$84,673
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $113,400
Here:

$113,400
State:

$128,390

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $854,816
Here:

$854,816
State:

$110,680

Mobile homes: $41,898
Here:

$41,898
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $989
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $280

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:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $956 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $859 (1.1%)


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 2009: 10.6%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.7% for Black residents, 41.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 89.2% for American Indian residents, 21.9% for other race residents, 36.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 20 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.2%
Whole state:

9.1%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

2.6%
Whole state:

3.8%

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 .

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


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:

54.7% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 77.74%
Here77.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,572
Total congregations: 25

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Adherents3,638 (42.4%)1,575 (18.4%)1,290 (15.0%)800 (9.3%)483 (5.6%)
Congregations8 (32.0%)2 (8.0%)4 (16.0%)4 (16.0%)1 (4.0%)
NameLutheran ChurchBaptist General ConferenceChurch of the NazareneFree Methodist Church of North AmericaOther
Adherents362 (4.2%)223 (2.6%)84 (1.0%)53 (0.6%)64 (0.7%)
Congregations1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)2 (8.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Emmet County - Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Wallingford, Gruver

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

3.85 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Emmet County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

4.81 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Emmet County:

8.66 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.7%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Emmet County:

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 near Iowa state average. It is 2.8 times above overall U.S. average.

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: 4, Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Machinery (8%)
  • Metal and metal products (7%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $41,961.

4.93% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,332 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.93%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.93% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($15,142 average AGI)
2.00% relocated from other states ($11,189 average AGI)
Emmet County:

2.00%
Iowa average:

2.55%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dickinson County, IA  0.80% ($20,548 average AGI)
from Martin County, MN  0.52% ($22,300)
from Palo Alto County, IA  0.34% ($23,692)


6.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,365 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.77% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($15,395 average AGI)
2.93% relocated to other states ($10,970 average AGI)
Emmet County:

2.93%
Iowa average:

2.80%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dickinson County, IA  1.02% ($30,275 average AGI)
to Palo Alto County, IA  0.43% ($22,529)
to Kossuth County, IA  0.28% ($30,909)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($15,000)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Emmet County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Emmet County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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 Hardware1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen2Pizza Hut1
FedEx1RadioShack1
H&R Block1Sears1
Hardee's1Sleep Inn1
Jones New York1Subway1
La-Z-Boy1Super 81
Lane Furniture2True Value1
MasterBrand Cabinets3UPS1
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