Howard County, Iowa (IA)

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County population in 2012: 9,563 (37% urban, 63% rural); it was 9,932 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,756
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,387
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,147
Renter-occupied apartments: 801 (it was 827 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

28%

Land area: 473 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 20 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Howard County: 84.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (45.9%), Manufacturing (19.2%), Educational, health and social services (12.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 45%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in Howard County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 4,746  (51.1%)
Females: 4,820  (48.9%)
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Howard County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Howard County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,774 ($34,641 in 1999)

This county:

$46774
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $397 (lower quartile is $277, upper quartile is $488)
This county:

$397
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $93,720 (it was $64,500 in 2000)
Howard:

$93,720
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,224 - $160,818
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $963
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $409

Institutionalized population: 152

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:

  • 2007: 14 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 2008: 26 buildings, average cost: $155,500
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $149,700

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,353 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,214 (1.4%)

Howard County household income distribution in 2009 Howard County home values distribution Howard County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.6%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.7% for Black residents, 32.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.9%
Howard County:

11.9%
Iowa:

12.7%
(11.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.0% for Black residents, 29.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 39.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 8 years old, American Indian residents: 61 years old, Asian residents: 23 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Howard County is $388 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $645 a month.

Cities in this county include: Cresco, Riceville, Elma, Lime Springs, Protivin, Chester.

Howard 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 Howard County: Osbourne (A), Cecilia (B), Camp Kiwanis (C), State Line Acres (D), Baarsch Farms (E), Ollendieck Farm (F), Myers Farm (G), Ludwig Farm (H), Neubauer Farms (I), Caffrey Farm (J), Pine Creek Farm (K), Triple R Farm (L), Foreston (M), New Oregon (N), Country Club (O), Jamestown Highway Rest Area (P), Albion Townhall (Q), Howard County Farm (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Howard County include: Bonair Methodist Church (A), Zion Church (B), Holy Cross Church (C), Community Chapel (D), Our Lady of Lourdes Church (E), Granger Methodist Church (F), Saint Cecilia Church (G), Saint Pauls Church (H), Saratoga Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Albion Township Cemetery (1), Oak Lawn Cemetery (2), Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery (3), Phillips Cemetery (4), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (5), Reckner Cemetery (6), Calvary Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lyla Marsh (A), Lake Hendricks (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Beaver Creek (A), Chihaks Creek (B), Staff Creek (C), South Branch Turkey River (D), Little Turkey Creek (E), West Branch Turkey River (F), North Branch Turkey River (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Howard County include: Vernon Springs County Park (1), Bonair County Park (2), McBride Park (3), Lylahs Marsh County Park (4), Lubbert Park (5), Roman Park (6), Lidtke County Park (7), Turkey River Area (8), Hayden Prairie State Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Chickasaw County , Fillmore County, Minnesota , Floyd County , Mower County, Minnesota , Mitchell County , Winneshiek County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.2%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 234
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 36 (72% naturalized citizens)

Howard County:

0.4%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 5
  • 1990 to 1994: 5
  • 1985 to 1989: 7
  • 1980 to 1984: 9
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 8

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.2%

Howard County marital status for males Howard County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Howard County with a mortgage: 1,003 (117 second mortgage, 138 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,175

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Howard County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,9305
Mainline Protestant2,91414
Evangelical Protestant1,1048
Other2-
None1,616-
Howard 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: 3
Howard County:

3.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

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

7.36 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
This county:

11.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Howard County:

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Howard County:

27.1%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.9%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Howard County:

Average size of farms: 302 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $118,110
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $257.86
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 48.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $99,246
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 78.74%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $99,933
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.25%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.79
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 10.20%
Corn for grain: 100485 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 93866 harvested acres
Vegetables: 14 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Howard County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 998294.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 16 fatalities and 494 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/15/1968, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado killed 13 people and injured 462 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Howard County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 86% 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 244.4 miles away from Howard 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 410.0 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 217.3 miles away from the 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 388.8 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 254.2 miles away from Howard 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 360.3 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 Howard County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, 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 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Korea (28%)
  • United Kingdom (22%)
  • Other Northern Europe (11%)
  • Russia (11%)
  • Philippines (11%)
  • Pakistan (6%)
  • Thailand (6%)

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

  • German (40%)
  • Norwegian (17%)
  • Czech (12%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (5%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Howard County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,355 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 575 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 11 (0%)
  • Walked: 239 (5%)
  • Other means: 15 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 499 (11%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 157 people in nursing homes
  • 40 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 32 people in other group homes
  • 27 people in religious group quarters
  • 11 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in halfway houses

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

  • 138 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 34 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 27 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 4 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,136.

3.88% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.88%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.43% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($19,567 average AGI)
1.45% relocated from other states ($13,160 average AGI)
Howard County:

1.45%
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 Winneshiek County, IA  0.62% ($31,333 average AGI)
from Chickasaw County, IA  0.41% ($32,938)


5.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,981 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.25%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.11% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($16,447 average AGI)
2.14% relocated to other states ($10,529 average AGI)
Howard County:

2.14%
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 Winneshiek County, IA  0.61% ($26,292 average AGI)
to Mitchell County, IA  0.41% ($28,375)
to Fillmore County, MN  0.28% ($27,909)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Howard County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Howard County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Howard County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,966 (1,821 aged, 145 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 10.17
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3030.300
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 254.220
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 27628.64

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1412.370
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1515.460
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.31

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 51.6
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 30.93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.31

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,353

Size of family households: 1,319 2-persons, 471 3-persons, 415 4-persons, 195 5-persons, 89 6-persons, 58 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,198 1-person, 162 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 4 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,120 married couples with children.
413 single-parent households (115 men, 298 women).

94.4% of residents of Howard County speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 31% speak English not well).
4.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 34% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (88% speak English very well, 13% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $62,740,000 ($6380 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $732,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $23,129,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,754,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,267,000
Federal grants: $9,987,000
Federal procurement contracts: $567,000 ($40,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,037,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $932,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,391,000
Federal Government insurance: $50,164,000

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

Births: 552
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 612
Here:

63 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: -160
Here -16 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Howard County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.50 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:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 26
  • 2000 to 2004: 295
  • 1990 to 1999: 360
  • 1980 to 1989: 228
  • 1970 to 1979: 541
  • 1960 to 1969: 493
  • 1950 to 1959: 308
  • 1940 to 1949: 256
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,842
Rooms in houses/apartments in Howard County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 22
  • 4 rooms: 286
  • 5 rooms: 677
  • 6 rooms: 607
  • 7 rooms: 638
  • 8 rooms: 530
  • 9+ rooms: 373
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 89
  • 4 rooms: 216
  • 5 rooms: 178
  • 6 rooms: 123
  • 7 rooms: 75
  • 8 rooms: 59
  • 9+ rooms: 47
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Howard County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 97
  • 2 bedrooms: 636
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,530
  • 4 bedrooms: 681
  • 5+ bedrooms: 193
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 158
  • 2 bedrooms: 269
  • 3 bedrooms: 278
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 25
Cars and other vehicles available in Howard County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 156
  • 1 vehicle: 737
  • 2 vehicles: 1,212
  • 3 vehicles: 667
  • 4 vehicles: 310
  • 5+ vehicles: 65
  • no vehicle: 80
  • 1 vehicle: 366
  • 2 vehicles: 259
  • 3 vehicles: 97
  • 4 vehicles: 17
  • 5+ vehicles: 8

65% of Howard County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Iowa.

Howard County:

65.2%
State average:

57.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $40,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Howard County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44.8%)
  • Utility gas (38.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.2%)
  • Wood (3.4%)
  • Electricity (3.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (35.8%)
  • Utility gas (33.5%)
  • Electricity (19.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.0%)
  • Wood (3.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 260
Here:

21.1%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3
Here:

0.5%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 44
Here:

20.6%
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)

Howard County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $10,297,000
    Regular Highways: $3,138,000
    Health - Other: $2,026,000
    Financial Administration: $771,000
    Police Protection: $576,000
    Parks and Recreation: $431,000
    Correctional Institutions: $234,000
    Central Staff Services: $233,000
    Solid Waste Management: $149,000
    General Public Buildings: $118,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $95,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $84,000
    Libraries: $30,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $51,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Hospitals: $480,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,315,000

Howard County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $11,003,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $790,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,852,000
    General Local Government Support: $300,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,340,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $300,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $63,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $1,000

Howard County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,015,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $977,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $146,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $108,000

Howard County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,463,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Howard County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John11179.2 years
William11080.6 years
Mary10786.5 years
Frank8481.1 years
Joseph7778.9 years
Edward7576.5 years
Anna7486.2 years
James6173.3 years
George6079.5 years
Charles5978.6 years
Most common last names in Howard County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones4681.2 years
Johnson4578.8 years
Pecinovsky2780.5 years
Smith2679.6 years
Bigalk2679.1 years
Miller2680.1 years
Anderson2481.9 years
Buresh2184.0 years
Davis2082.8 years
Stevenson2076.9 years
Businesses in Howard County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
Alco Stores1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1Subway1
FedEx1Super 81
H&R Block1True Value1
Long John Silver's1U.S. Cellular1
MasterBrand Cabinets2UPS1