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Iron County, Wisconsin (WI)


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County population in 2012: 5,934 (32% urban, 68% rural); it was 6,861 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,090
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,181
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,487
Renter-occupied apartments: 551 (it was 596 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

32%

Land area: 757 sq. mi.
Water area: 162.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 8 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Iron County: 87.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.2%), Manufacturing (12.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (12.1%), Retail trade (11.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 71%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Iron County, Wisconsin:


Median resident age:  51.0 years
Wisconsin median age:  38.0 years

Males: 2,959  (56.8%)
Females: 2,957  (43.2%)

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Iron County,WI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Iron County:

2.0 people
Wisconsin:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,769 ($29,580 in 1999)
This county:

$33769
Wisconsin:

$49993

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $317 (lower quartile is $248, upper quartile is $403)
This county:

$317
State:

$599


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $105,709 (it was $64,300 in 2000)
Iron County:

$105,709
Wisconsin:

$170,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $61,019 - $211,710

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $172,670
Here:

$172,670
State:

$212,450

Townhouses or other attached units: $699,507
Here:

$699,507
State:

$187,116

In 2-unit structures: $125,309
Here:

$125,309
State:

$165,377

Mobile homes: $89,046
Here:

$89,046
State:

$36,669
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,128
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $330

Institutionalized population: 96

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, WI 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: $1,426 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,459 (1.5%)


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: 14.2%
(14.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.7% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 14.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 50 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 51 years old, Black residents: 45 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

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

11.1%
Whole state:

8.7%

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

3.0%
Whole state:

3.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Iron County is $401 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $644 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hurley, Mercer, Montreal, Kimball, Oma, Saxon, Sherman, Knight, Pence, Carey.

Iron County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Iron County: Fishermans Landing (A), Murrays Landing (B), Sandrock (C), Springstead Landing (D), McIver Camp (E), Sherman Townhall (F), Kimball Town Hall (G), Mercer Area Ambulance and Rescue (H), Saxon - Gurney Fire Department (I), Kimball Fire Department (J), Mercer Fire Department Station 1 (K), Mercer Fire Department Station 2 (L), Oma Volunteer Fire Department (M), Sherman Township Volunteer Fire Department (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Iron County include: Finnish Church (A), Saxon Union Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hillside Cemetery (1), Edgewood Cemetery (2), Mercer Cemetery (3), Calvary Cemetery (4), Lake View Cemetery (5), Greenwood Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Mud Lake (A), Munnomin Lake (B), Muskie Lake (C), Mystery Lake (D), Negro Lakes (E), Net Lake (F), Lake Nine (G), Nokomis Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Alder Creek (A), Apple Creek (B), Barr Creek (C), Bell Creek (D), Javorsky Creek (E), Sugarbush Creek (F), Sullivan Creek (G), Island Creek (H), Swamp Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Iron County include: Saxon Harbor County Park (1), Bass Lake Preserve State Natural Area (2), Caroline Lake State Natural Area (3), Frog Lake and Pines State Natural Area (4), Lake Evelyn State Natural Area (5), Moose Lake State Natural Area (6), Springstead Muskeg State Natural Area (7), Big Island State Wildlife Area (8), Boot Lake State Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Ashland County , Gogebic County, Michigan , Price County , Vilas County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 189
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 121 (71% naturalized citizens)

Iron County:

1.8%
Whole state:

3.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.5%

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

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Iron County with a mortgage: 780 (51 second mortgage, 95 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 955

Here:

45.0% with mortgage
State:

68.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 37.11%
Here37.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,546
Total congregations: 12

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents1,930 (75.8%)200 (7.9%)171 (6.7%)116 (4.6%)129 (5.1%)
Congregations5 (41.7%)2 (16.7%)1 (8.3%)1 (8.3%)3 (25.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Iron County - Hurley, Mercer, Montreal, Kimball, Oma

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

3.18 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.



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

11.13 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Iron County:

23.85 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.9%
Wisconsin:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.7%
Wisconsin:

27.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Iron County:

13.1%
State:

13.0%


Agriculture in Iron County:

Average size of farms: 206 acres
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $20,942
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,524
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.94%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.09

Tornado activity:

Iron County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 5.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Iron County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Wood products (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (4%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)
  • Cashiers (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: 2,136 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 367 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 10 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 114 (4%)
  • Other means: 8 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 163 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


102 people in nursing homes
8 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
86 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
10 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,344.

6.84% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,891 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.84%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.34% relocated from other counties in Wisconsin ($18,569 average AGI)
3.50% relocated from other states ($16,316 average AGI)
Iron County:

3.50%
Wisconsin average:

2.00%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Gogebic County, MI  1.65% ($26,690 average AGI)


7.20% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,103 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.20%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.07% relocated to other counties in Wisconsin ($19,880 average AGI)
3.13% relocated to other states ($12,217 average AGI)
Iron County:

3.13%
Wisconsin average:

2.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Gogebic County, MI  1.29% ($19,273 average AGI)
to Ashland County, WI  0.43% ($20,000)
to Oneida County, WI  0.43% ($42,909)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.2

Births per 1000 population in Iron County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Iron County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 20.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Iron County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,593 (1,395 aged, 198 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 451.2
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1413.750
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 30.08

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 62.99
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 60.16

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,820

Size of family households: 1,036 2-persons, 325 3-persons, 236 4-persons, 70 5-persons, 22 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 967 1-person, 145 2-persons, 13 3-persons, 3 4-persons.

96.1% of residents of Iron County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (83% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 17% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English well).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (91% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $48,354,000 ($7238 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,070,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $21,996,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,440,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $80,000
Federal grants: $12,919,000
Federal procurement contracts: $282,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,638,000 ($2,570,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $391,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,490,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,677,000

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

Births: 209
Here:

31 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 462
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +8
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +49
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Iron County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.62 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 45
  • 3 rooms: 105
  • 4 rooms: 374
  • 5 rooms: 650
  • 6 rooms: 640
  • 7 rooms: 361
  • 8 rooms: 207
  • 9+ rooms: 105
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 82
  • 3 rooms: 162
  • 4 rooms: 138
  • 5 rooms: 104
  • 6 rooms: 74
  • 7 rooms: 13
  • 8 rooms: 14
  • 9+ rooms: 7
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Wisconsin
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 14
  • 1 bedroom: 132
  • 2 bedrooms: 779
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,080
  • 4 bedrooms: 410
  • 5+ bedrooms: 72
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 250
  • 2 bedrooms: 215
  • 3 bedrooms: 100
  • 4 bedrooms: 25
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Iron County, Wisconsin in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 135
  • 1 vehicle: 772
  • 2 vehicles: 1,086
  • 3 vehicles: 384
  • 4 vehicles: 97
  • 5+ vehicles: 13
  • no vehicle: 147
  • 1 vehicle: 285
  • 2 vehicles: 113
  • 3 vehicles: 51
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

63% of Iron County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 42% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Wisconsin.

Iron County:

63.1%
State average:

57.2%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $45,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 10%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 9%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Iron County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (36.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19.5%)
  • Wood (10.0%)
  • Electricity (3.8%)
  • Utility gas (49.8%)
  • Electricity (24.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.4%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6
Here:

0.9%
Wisconsin:

16.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2
Here:

0.5%
Wisconsin:

9.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

10.2%
Wisconsin:

18.1%

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 - Debt 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, WI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John12075.6 years
Mary8182.5 years
Joseph6477.9 years
William5674.2 years
James4871.8 years
Frank3978.0 years
Anna3784.9 years
Robert3569.2 years
Margaret3080.5 years
George2574.5 years
Most common last names in Iron County, WI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Peterson2376.2 years
Johnson2273.5 years
Anderson2271.9 years
Saari1877.2 years
Erspamer1781.5 years
Thompson1378.0 years
Hill1175.7 years
Calvi1078.2 years
Smith1083.5 years
Fafford1085.5 years
Businesses in Iron County, WI
NameCountNameCount
Dairy Queen1True Value1
Days Inn1U-Haul1
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