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. 2013 cost of living index in Iron County: 78.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (33.2%), Manufacturing (15.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (13.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 15%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Iron County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.2%)
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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Iron County,MO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Iron County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,042 ($26,080 in 1999)

This county:

$36042
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $367 (lower quartile is $290, upper quartile is $465)
This county:

$367
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $76,614 (it was $53,500 in 2000)
Iron:

$76,614
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,439 - $116,953
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $801
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $273

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:

  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $115,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $584 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $491 (0.7%)

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 2013: 23.7%
(22.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 64.0% for Black residents, 18.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.0% for American Indian residents, 41.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.3%
Iron County:

24.3%
Missouri:

15.9%
(23.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.8% for Black residents, 17.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 60.0% for American Indian residents, 38.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 66 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 37 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.1%
Missouri:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 7
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 3
  • 1980 to 1984: 4
  • 1975 to 1979: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1965 to 1969: 12

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Iron County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,03127
Mainline Protestant4545
Catholic3542
Other11
None5,790-
Iron 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: 4
Iron County:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Iron County:

8.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
This county:

10.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Iron County:

9.4%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Iron County:

32.3%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Missouri state average. It is 2733682.4 times below 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 near Missouri state average. It is 73% 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 Iron 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) earthquake occurred 168.1 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 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 133.6 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 178.9 miles away from Iron County center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 165.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), 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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (18%)
  • Canada (15%)
  • United Kingdom (13%)
  • Ireland (10%)
  • Other Australian and New Zealand Subregion (10%)
  • Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia) (8%)
  • Russia (8%)

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

  • United States or American (23%)
  • German (18%)
  • Irish (15%)
  • English (11%)
  • French (except Basque) (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Italian (2%)

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:

  • 266 people in nursing homes
  • 79 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 12 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 12 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally ill

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

  • 203 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 28 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 17 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 17 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 11 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $35,481.

7.59% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,843 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.59%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.04% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($21,235 average AGI)
1.55% relocated from other states ($5,608 average AGI)
Iron County:

1.55%
Missouri average:

2.54%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from St. Francois County, MO  2.44% ($24,402 average AGI)
from Washington County, MO  0.63% ($16,524)
from Jefferson County, MO  0.39% ($32,308)
from Madison County, MO  0.30% ($25,700)
from Reynolds County, MO  0.30% ($42,800)


7.51% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($23,563 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.51%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.93% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($18,861 average AGI)
1.58% relocated to other states ($4,698 average AGI)
Iron County:

1.58%
Missouri average:

2.76%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to St. Francois County, MO  2.65% ($22,348 average AGI)
to Crawford County, MO  0.36% ($20,250)
to Madison County, MO  0.36% ($18,083)
to Jefferson County, MO  0.33% ($41,091)
to Dent County, MO  0.30% ($31,600)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 13.5

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.

1,740 married couples with children.
711 single-parent households (208 men, 503 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 33
  • 2000 to 2004: 588
  • 1990 to 1999: 726
  • 1980 to 1989: 695
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,122
  • 1960 to 1969: 780
  • 1950 to 1959: 391
  • 1940 to 1949: 270
  • 1939 or earlier: 696
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Iron County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $203,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $531,000
    Police Protection: $445,000
    Central Staff Services: $152,000
    Financial Administration: $140,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $70,000
    General Public Buildings: $18,000
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000
    General - Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $772,000

Iron County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $18,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $62,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $45,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $430,000
    General Support: $33,000
    All Other: $8,000
  • Tax - Property: $903,000
    Total General Sales: $309,000
    NEC: $10,000

Iron County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $763,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Iron County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
Alco Stores1SONIC Drive-In1
H&R Block1Subway1
Lane Furniture1U-Haul1
MasterBrand Cabinets1

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