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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. 2012 cost of living index in Howard County: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (22.4%), Educational,health and social services (20.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.9%), Retail trade (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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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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Average household size:
Howard County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $42,167 ($34,641 in 1999)
This county:

$42167
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $312 (lower quartile is $269, upper quartile is $375)
This county:

$312
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $89,340 (it was $64,500 in 2000)
Howard County:

$89,340
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $63,447 - $133,107

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $135,532
Here:

$135,532
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $398,777
Here:

$398,777
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $131,751
Here:

$131,751
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $342,728
Here:

$342,728
State:

$135,565

Mobile homes: $86,434
Here:

$86,434
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $994
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $322

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):


Howard County, IA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,169 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $957 (1.3%)


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 2009: 11.4%
(11.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 13.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 24 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 11 years old)

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

9.3%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

4.1%
Whole state:

3.8%

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 .

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


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:

46.1% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 92.62%
Here92.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,199
Total congregations: 32

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchOld Order AmishLutheran Church
Adherents5,109 (55.5%)2,096 (22.8%)1,141 (12.4%)276 (3.0%)157 (1.7%)
Congregations6 (18.8%)6 (18.8%)6 (18.8%)4 (12.5%)1 (3.1%)
Name Mennonite Church of God in ChristUnited Church of ChristOld Order MennoniteConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceOther
Adherents85 (0.9%)73 (0.8%)69 (0.8%)64 (0.7%)129 (1.4%)
Congregations1 (3.1%)2 (6.3%)1 (3.1%)1 (3.1%)4 (12.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Howard County - Cresco, Riceville, Elma, Lime Springs, Protivin

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

3.15 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Howard County:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

7.36 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Howard County:

11.56 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.1%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Howard County:

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 above Iowa state average. It is 6.1 times above 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.

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: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 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 (19%)
  • Transportation equipment (15%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Machinery (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (21%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Transportation equipment (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (13%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,229.

4.49% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,285 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.49%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.56% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($14,890 average AGI)
1.93% relocated from other states ($13,395 average AGI)
Howard County:

1.93%
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 Winneshiek County, IA  0.76% ($24,345 average AGI)
from Chickasaw County, IA  0.31% ($26,833)
from Mitchell County, IA  0.26% ($23,300)


5.62% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,298 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.12% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($17,156 average AGI)
2.50% relocated to other states ($15,142 average AGI)
Howard County:

2.50%
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 Winneshiek County, IA  0.59% ($29,826 average AGI)
to Black Hawk County, IA  0.36% ($24,929)
to Fillmore County, MN  0.36% ($32,214)
to Olmsted County, MN  0.31% ($69,083)
to Floyd County, IA  0.28% ($34,000)
to Chickasaw County, IA  0.26% ($32,100)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Howard County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Howard County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Howard County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Howard County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Howard County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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 Hardware1RadioShack1
FedEx1Subway1
H&R Block1Super 81
Long John Silver's1True Value1
MasterBrand Cabinets2U.S. Cellular1
Pizza Hut1UPS1
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