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Iron County, Missouri (MO)


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County population in 2012: 10,374 (25% urban, 75% rural); it was 10,697 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,649
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,571
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,186
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,158 (it was 1,011 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

31%

Land area: 551 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Iron County: 78.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (30.1%), Manufacturing (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 24%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  42.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years

Males: 5,250  (49.0%)
Females: 5,380  (51.0%)

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Average household size:
Iron County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $31,095 ($26,080 in 1999)
This county:

$31095
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $349 (lower quartile is $266, upper quartile is $436)
This county:

$349
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $80,704 (it was $53,500 in 2000)
Iron County:

$80,704
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,576 - $124,230

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $132,774
Here:

$132,774
State:

$180,542

In 2-unit structures: $53,057
Here:

$53,057
State:

$114,067

Mobile homes: $93,612
Here:

$93,612
State:

$37,932

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $17,529
Here:

$17,529
State:

$46,345
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $931
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $233

Institutionalized population: 248

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):


Iron County, MO 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: $526 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $471 (0.6%)


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


Iron County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 24.5%
(24.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.9% for Black residents, 10.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 51.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 54 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

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

19.0%
Whole state:

11.7%

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

7.2%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Iron County is $381 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $500 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $639 a month.

Cities in this county include: Ironton, Viburnum, Pilot Knob, Arcadia, Annapolis, Des Arc.

Iron 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 Iron County: Arcadia Valley Bible Camp (A), Arcadia Valley Golf Club (B), Keith Springs Picnic Area (C), Moloc Smelter (D), Crane Lake Picnic Area (E), Iron County Farm (F), Crane Lake Picnic Area (G), Wild Boar Hollow Boat Launch (H), Trailhead Parking Area (I), Enough Boat Launch (J), Wild Boar Ridge Campground (K), Tip Top (L), Tip Top Picnic Area (M), Brown Row (N), Devils Tollgate (O), Mountainville Store (P), Quad County Fire Protection District East End Station (Q), Pilot Knob Fire Protection District Station 2 Belleview (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Iron County include: Full Gospel Church (A), Big Creek Church (B), Cedar Grove Church (C), Free United Church (D), Full Gospel Chapel (E), Hickory Grove Church (F), Liberty United Church (G), New Hope Church (H), Ottery Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Link Cemetery (1), Lewis Cemetery (2), Edison Cemetery (3), Lucy Cemetery (4), Meadows Cemetery (5), Mountain View Cemetery (6), Pilot Knob Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Council Bluff Lake (A), Section House Hole (B), Blue Hole (C), Asarco Lake (D), Crane Lake (E), Lake Killarney (F), Snow Hollow Lake (G), New Viburnum Tailings Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: East Prong Indian Creek (A), Goose Creek (B), Orr Hollow Creek (C), Henderson Creek (D), Joes Creek (E), Kaolin Creek (F), Minor Creek (G), Neals Creek (H), Palmer Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Iron County: Elephant Rocks State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Beach: Chapel Hill Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Crawford County , Dent County , Madison County , Reynolds County , St. Francois County , Washington County , Wayne County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 293
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 65.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 40 (65% naturalized citizens)

Iron County:

0.4%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 58.6%

Iron County marital status for males
Iron County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Iron County with a mortgage: 944 (81 second mortgage, 48 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 932

Here:

50.3% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 44.00%
Here44.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,707
Total congregations: 33

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents2,665 (56.6%)499 (10.6%)368 (7.8%)329 (7.0%)207 (4.4%)
Congregations11 (33.3%)3 (9.1%)2 (6.1%)6 (18.2%)2 (6.1%)
NameLutheran ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchNational Association of Free Will BaptistsPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents139 (3.0%)129 (2.7%)104 (2.2%)73 (1.6%)194 (4.1%)
Congregations2 (6.1%)1 (3.0%)1 (3.0%)1 (3.0%)4 (12.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Iron County - Ironton, Viburnum, Pilot Knob, Arcadia, Annapolis

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

8.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Iron County:

10.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.4%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

32.3%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Iron County:

19.7%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Iron County:

Average size of farms: 236 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $12,172
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $32.89
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 87.62%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $9,925
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 19.42%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $24,511
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.98%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.14
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.04%

Tornado activity:

Iron County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Missouri state average. It is 2.2 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 fatalities and 61 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/21/1967, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 52 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Iron County-area historical earthquake activity is above Missouri state average. It is 65% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 71.3 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.5 miles away from the county center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 98.7 miles away from the county center
On 2/5/1994 at 14:55:37, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 LG, 4.2 MD, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 86.7 miles away from Iron County center
On 7/7/1991 at 21:24:02, a magnitude 4.0 (3.8 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.6 miles away from the county center
On 8/16/2003 at 05:09:22, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, 3.7 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 69.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Iron County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 9, Floods: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (8%)
  • Metal and metal products (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4%)
  • Health care (26%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Iron County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,111 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 666 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 93 (2%)
  • Other means: 32 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 170 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Iron County, Missouri in 2000:

People in group quarters in Iron County, Missouri in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $33,785.

8.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,304 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.03%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.40% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($20,004 average AGI)
1.63% relocated from other states ($6,301 average AGI)
Iron County:

1.63%
Missouri average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from St. Francois County, MO  1.75% ($20,817 average AGI)
from St. Louis County, MO  0.73% ($34,520)
from Washington County, MO  0.55% ($20,368)
from Jefferson County, MO  0.52% ($37,778)
from Madison County, MO  0.44% ($28,333)
from Crawford County, MO  0.32% ($27,455)
from Reynolds County, MO  0.29% ($17,500)


8.41% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,383 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.41%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.72% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($20,303 average AGI)
1.68% relocated to other states ($5,079 average AGI)
Iron County:

1.68%
Missouri average:

2.81%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to St. Francois County, MO  2.06% ($25,507 average AGI)
to Madison County, MO  0.55% ($32,684)
to Washington County, MO  0.46% ($21,938)
to Jefferson County, MO  0.43% ($21,133)
to St. Louis County, MO  0.38% ($34,231)
to Cape Girardeau County, MO  0.29% ($23,300)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.7

Births per 1000 population in Iron County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Iron County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Iron County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,265 (1,749 aged, 516 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1440.670
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1684.030
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.73

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 9.2
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 19.47

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9.73
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 10,354

Size of family households: 1,390 2-persons, 613 3-persons, 503 4-persons, 228 5-persons, 69 6-persons, 51 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,313 1-person, 186 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 9 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.9% of residents of Iron County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (76% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (56% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 17% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $78,451,000 ($7595 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,106,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $34,496,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,197,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $18,000
Federal grants: $22,956,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,214,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,571,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,269,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,649,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,297,000

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

Births: 692
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 909
Here:

88 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -189
Here -18 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Iron County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.46 millions of gallons per day (59% from ground, 41% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 24
  • 3 rooms: 102
  • 4 rooms: 548
  • 5 rooms: 934
  • 6 rooms: 777
  • 7 rooms: 374
  • 8 rooms: 228
  • 9+ rooms: 189
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 74
  • 3 rooms: 172
  • 4 rooms: 309
  • 5 rooms: 212
  • 6 rooms: 147
  • 7 rooms: 46
  • 8 rooms: 19
  • 9+ rooms: 25
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 176
  • 2 bedrooms: 957
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,608
  • 4 bedrooms: 364
  • 5+ bedrooms: 71
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 237
  • 2 bedrooms: 432
  • 3 bedrooms: 265
  • 4 bedrooms: 50
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Iron County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 157
  • 1 vehicle: 860
  • 2 vehicles: 1,474
  • 3 vehicles: 480
  • 4 vehicles: 178
  • 5+ vehicles: 37
  • no vehicle: 209
  • 1 vehicle: 500
  • 2 vehicles: 246
  • 3 vehicles: 45
  • 4 vehicles: 5
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

59% of Iron 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, 78% lived in Missouri.

Iron County:

59.0%
State average:

54.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $27,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Iron County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (28.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.0%)
  • Utility gas (22.8%)
  • Wood (21.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.0%)
  • Electricity (39.1%)
  • Utility gas (31.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.5%)
  • Wood (11.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 21
Here:

1.7%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 23
Here:

3.6%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17
Here:

6.8%
Missouri:

24.9%

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

Iron County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Iron County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Iron County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Iron County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Iron County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary11081.8 years
James10873.0 years
John9575.9 years
William9174.8 years
Robert7869.3 years
Charles6674.0 years
George4978.6 years
Anna3983.8 years
Edward3876.7 years
Ruth3781.1 years
Most common last names in Iron County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller6577.0 years
Smith4879.2 years
Lewis4076.4 years
Sutton3477.6 years
Brewer3370.9 years
Jones2872.0 years
Williams2678.2 years
Brooks2578.6 years
Johnson2473.9 years
Parker2381.0 years
Businesses in Iron County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
H&R Block1SONIC Drive-In1
Lane Furniture1Subway1
MasterBrand Cabinets1U-Haul1
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