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Hancock County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 11,134 (30% urban, 70% rural); it was 12,100 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,090
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,690
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,749
Renter-occupied apartments: 961 (it was 1,046 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

28%

Land area: 571 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 20 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Hancock County: 83.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.8%), Educational,health and social services (19.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Hancock County, Iowa:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 5,656  (52.5%)
Females: 5,685  (47.5%)

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Average household size:
Hancock County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $45,894 ($37,703 in 1999)
This county:

$45894
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $330 (lower quartile is $253, upper quartile is $406)
This county:

$330
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $83,862 (it was $61,500 in 2000)
Hancock County:

$83,862
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $54,309 - $135,570

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $122,542
Here:

$122,542
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $289,188
Here:

$289,188
State:

$156,028

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $164,207
Here:

$164,207
State:

$135,565

Mobile homes: $52,861
Here:

$52,861
State:

$29,315

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $3,262
Here:

$3,262
State:

$33,502
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,044
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $303

Institutionalized population: 135

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):


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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: $868 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $833 (1.1%)


Hancock County household income distribution in 2009 Hancock County home values distribution


Hancock County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.8%
(8.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 20.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.9% for American Indian residents, 5.4% for other race residents, 10.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 15 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

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

6.0%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.1%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Hancock County is $396 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $636 a month.

Cities in this county include: Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Klemme, Corwith, Crystal Lake, Woden, Goodell, Duncan, Miller.

Hancock 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 Hancock County: Slippery Elm Golf Course (A), Hutchins (B), Bill Olson Livestock-Grain Incorporated Elevator (C), Garner Golf and Country Club (D), Hancock County Fairgrounds (E), Hancock County Speedway (F), Britt Country Club (G), Madison (H), Laconia (I), Bailey (J), Amsterdam (K), Hillside Golf Club (L), Timberland Museum (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Hancock County include: Upper Flat Church (A), Woden Church (B), Immanuel Church (C), Evangelical Free Church (D), Reformed Church in the United States (E), Pilot Knob Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Amsterdam Cemetery (1), Pilot Knob Lutheran Cemetery (2), Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery (3), Christian Reformed Cemetery (4), Orthel Township Cemetery (5), Bingham Township Cemetery (6), Crystal Township Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake George (A), East Twin Lake (B), Eagle Lake (C), Deadmans Lake (D), Crystal Lake (E), West Twin Lake (F), Pilot Knob Lake (G), Eldred Sherwood Park Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Bear Creek (A), Plum Creek (B), Middle Branch Boone River (C), Lindsey Creek (D), Galls Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Hancock County include: Eight Mile Pits Wildlife Management Area (1), Meredith Marsh Wildlife Management Area (2), Lau Wildlife Area (3), Schuldt Wildlife Area (4), Torkleson Pits Wildlife Area (5), Gabrielson Wildlife Management Area (6), East Twin Lake Forest Area (7), Eagle Lake Woodland Area (8), Eagle Flats Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Cerro Gordo County , Franklin County , Humboldt County , Kossuth County , Winnebago County , Worth County , Wright County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 342
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 269 (39% naturalized citizens)

Hancock County:

2.2%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.6 minutes

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

Hancock County marital status for males
Hancock County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Hancock County with a mortgage: 1,577 (140 second mortgage, 162 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,341

Here:

54.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 77.94%
Here77.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,431
Total congregations: 36

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Church of Christ
Adherents2,215 (23.5%)2,159 (22.9%)1,658 (17.6%)1,087 (11.5%)770 (8.2%)
Congregations7 (19.4%)5 (13.9%)7 (19.4%)2 (5.6%)3 (8.3%)
NameChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Free Church of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Reformed Church in the United StatesOther
Adherents610 (6.5%)315 (3.3%)242 (2.6%)157 (1.7%)218 (2.3%)
Congregations4 (11.1%)2 (5.6%)2 (5.6%)1 (2.8%)3 (8.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Hancock County - Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Klemme, Corwith

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

3.52 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

8.80 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Hancock County:

8.80 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.7%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.9%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Hancock County:

17.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Hancock County:

Average size of farms: 390 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $171,209
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $268.28
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.39%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $136,619
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 92.70%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.22%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $111,500
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.00
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.06%
Corn for grain: 156396 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 137638 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Hancock County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 4.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 fatalities and 183 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 10/14/1966, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Hancock County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation equipment (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (18%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Machinery (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Food (3%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Transportation equipment (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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




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





Hancock County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,374 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 851 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 29 (0%)
  • Walked: 217 (4%)
  • Other means: 9 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 494 (8%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


195 people in nursing homes
6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $43,269.

5.71% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,239 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.71%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.30% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($22,398 average AGI)
1.41% relocated from other states ($9,846 average AGI)
Hancock County:

1.41%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  1.39% ($33,365 average AGI)
from Winnebago County, IA  0.75% ($27,853)
from Wright County, IA  0.49% ($23,909)
from Kossuth County, IA  0.33% ($30,467)


6.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,277 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.04% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($24,564 average AGI)
1.66% relocated to other states ($8,713 average AGI)
Hancock County:

1.66%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  1.37% ($25,254 average AGI)
to Winnebago County, IA  0.70% ($28,031)
to Polk County, IA  0.48% ($26,227)
to Wright County, IA  0.46% ($74,429)
to Kossuth County, IA  0.26% ($28,083)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Hancock County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Hancock County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Hancock County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,246 (2,069 aged, 177 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.47
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4126.770
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 211.850
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 13185.32

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 975.730
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1009.670

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 33.21
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 33.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.97

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,156

Size of family households: 1,682 2-persons, 587 3-persons, 521 4-persons, 271 5-persons, 87 6-persons, 36 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,358 1-person, 172 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 4 5-persons.

95.3% of residents of Hancock County speak English at home.
3.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (48% speak English very well, 52% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $65,850,000 ($5580 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $805,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,353,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,236,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $13,939,000
Federal grants: $5,510,000
Federal procurement contracts: $601,000 ($12,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,212,000 ($412,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $872,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,255,000
Federal Government insurance: $73,141,000

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

Births: 604
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 599
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +53
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -357
Here -30 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Hancock County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.74 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Hancock County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 53
  • 4 rooms: 328
  • 5 rooms: 778
  • 6 rooms: 811
  • 7 rooms: 719
  • 8 rooms: 499
  • 9+ rooms: 550
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 53
  • 3 rooms: 98
  • 4 rooms: 233
  • 5 rooms: 165
  • 6 rooms: 184
  • 7 rooms: 111
  • 8 rooms: 97
  • 9+ rooms: 76
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Hancock County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 90
  • 2 bedrooms: 855
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,688
  • 4 bedrooms: 927
  • 5+ bedrooms: 182
  • no bedroom: 35
  • 1 bedroom: 143
  • 2 bedrooms: 367
  • 3 bedrooms: 343
  • 4 bedrooms: 115
  • 5+ bedrooms: 43
Cars and other vehicles available in Hancock County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 91
  • 1 vehicle: 888
  • 2 vehicles: 1,586
  • 3 vehicles: 789
  • 4 vehicles: 287
  • 5+ vehicles: 108
  • no vehicle: 79
  • 1 vehicle: 396
  • 2 vehicles: 314
  • 3 vehicles: 208
  • 4 vehicles: 27
  • 5+ vehicles: 22

67% of Hancock County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 50% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 68% lived in Iowa.

Hancock County:

66.6%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $38,100


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 Hancock County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (62.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.9%)
  • Electricity (4.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.3%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (41.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30.4%)
  • Electricity (19.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.9%)
  • Other fuel (2.6%)
  • Wood (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 81
Here:

5.3%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 17
Here:

1.9%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 86
Here:

29.8%
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.)


Expenditure Revenue

Hancock County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Hancock County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Hancock County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Hancock County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Hancock County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Hancock County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Hancock County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13279.6 years
Anna6384.6 years
George6180.2 years
William6079.9 years
Mary5880.0 years
Robert5672.9 years
Henry5681.3 years
Clarence5076.6 years
Fred4978.8 years
James3975.3 years
Most common last names in Hancock County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson6678.9 years
Anderson4478.8 years
Smith4278.8 years
Nelson3779.7 years
Larson3677.2 years
Meyer3479.9 years
Thompson3380.5 years
Greiman3382.2 years
Peterson3277.3 years
Olson2680.2 years
Businesses in Hancock County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Subway2
Curves1Super 81
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
H&R Block2UPS2
Hardee's2YMCA1
Pizza Hut1
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