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Lyon County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 11,757 (all rural); it was 11,763 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,066
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,603
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,619
Renter-occupied apartments: 773 (it was 809 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

28%

Land area: 588 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 20 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lyon County: 84.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (14.5%), Manufacturing (14.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Lyon County, Iowa:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 5,783  (50.4%)
Females: 5,798  (49.6%)

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Lyon County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lyon County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $44,890 ($36,878 in 1999)
This county:

$44890
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $326 (lower quartile is $235, upper quartile is $398)
This county:

$326
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $99,560 (it was $68,600 in 2000)
Lyon County:

$99,560
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $65,005 - $156,987

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $142,673
Here:

$142,673
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $418,547
Here:

$418,547
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $74,609
Here:

$74,609
State:

$128,390

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $572,658
Here:

$572,658
State:

$110,680

Mobile homes: $61,492
Here:

$61,492
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $973
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $307

Institutionalized population: 161

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):


Lyon 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: $944 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $962 (1.0%)


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


Lyon County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 5.8%
(5.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

7.0%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.5%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lyon County is $377 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $610 a month.

Cities in this county include: Rock Rapids, George, Inwood, Larchwood, Doon, Little Rock, Lester, Alvord.

Lyon 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 Lyon County: Mogler Stock Farm (A), B and G Farm (B), Summit Farm (C), Crestview Farm (D), Meyer Stock Farm (E), Hillside Dairy (F), Schrick Farms (G), Funke Farms (H), Dream Street Farms (I), County Edge Dairy (J), Rock Bottom Dairy (K), Winding Meadows Dairy (L), Zoet Farms (M), Boogerd Dairy (N), Altena Farms (O), Post Farm (P), Vandevegte Farm (Q), Vanoort Farm (R), Brinkhous Farms (S), Maassen Farm (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lyon County include: Bethel Church (A), Zoar Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), First Presbyterian Church (D), Grandview Church (E), Hope Church (F), Our Saviors Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Apostolic Christian Cemetery (1), Beloit Cemetery (2), Bethlehem Cemetery (3), Richland Cemetery (4), Saint Marys Cemetery (5), Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery (6), First Baptist Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lake Pahoja (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Argo Slough (A), Blood Run (B), Zoar Creek (C), Rat Creek (D), Whitney Creek (E), Kanaranzi Creek (F), Lizard Creek (G), Mud Creek (H), Otter Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lyon County include: Big Sioux River Wildlife Area - Olson Tract (1), Big Sioux River Wildlife Area - Nelson Tract (2), Big Sioux River Wildlife Area - Kroger Tract (3), Gutchie Manitou State Monument Park (4), River of Redrock Park (5), Lakewood Corners Wildlife Area (6), Little Rock River Wildlife Area - Central Unit (7), Little Rock River Wildlife Area - North Unit (8), Roeman-Stetrichs Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Lincoln County, South Dakota , Minnehaha County, South Dakota , Nobles County, Minnesota , Rock County, Minnesota , O'Brien County , Osceola County , Sioux County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 298
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 78.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 111 (64% naturalized citizens)

Lyon County:

0.9%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.4%

Lyon County marital status for males
Lyon County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lyon County with a mortgage: 1,408 (114 second mortgage, 92 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,322

Here:

51.6% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 87.57%
Here87.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,301
Total congregations: 37

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameReformed Church in AmericaEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents2,028 (19.7%)1,730 (16.8%)1,525 (14.8%)944 (9.2%)871 (8.5%)
Congregations6 (16.2%)5 (13.5%)3 (8.1%)2 (5.4%)4 (10.8%)
Name Inc. Apostolic Christian Church of AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchNorth American Baptist ConferenceOther
Adherents714 (6.9%)545 (5.3%)496 (4.8%)388 (3.8%)1,060 (10.3%)
Congregations1 (2.7%)2 (5.4%)3 (8.1%)3 (8.1%)8 (21.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lyon County - Rock Rapids, George, Inwood, Larchwood, Doon

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

8.00 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Lyon County:

5.33 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.8%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.2%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lyon County:

12.2%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Lyon County:

Average size of farms: 327 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $237,221
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $228.59
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 72.88%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $206,846
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 86.12%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $91,649
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.83%
Average age of principal farm operators: 50 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 26.04
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.05%
Corn for grain: 137862 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 134125 harvested acres
Vegetables: 71 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Lyon County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 2.7 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 9 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/26/1986, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lyon County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 90.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/19/2005 at 02:43:46, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 82.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lyon County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Machinery (7%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Apparel (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (16%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4%)

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




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





Lyon County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,264 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 636 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 18 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 282 (5%)
  • Other means: 25 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 608 (10%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


201 people in nursing homes
144 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
17 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $47,193.

4.26% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,609 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.26%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.48% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($12,140 average AGI)
2.79% relocated from other states ($19,469 average AGI)
Lyon County:

2.79%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  0.91% ($29,395 average AGI)
from Sioux County, IA  0.60% ($31,840)


5.64% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,238 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.64%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.69% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($10,625 average AGI)
3.95% relocated to other states ($22,617 average AGI)
Lyon County:

3.95%
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 Minnehaha County, SD  1.55% ($30,727 average AGI)
to Sioux County, IA  0.66% ($47,500)
to Lincoln County, SD  0.56% ($29,125)
to Osceola County, IA  0.23% ($26,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Lyon County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Lyon County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lyon County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,195 (2,053 aged, 142 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.51
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 2671.890
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 136.150
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 9683.460

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1395.740
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 978.720

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.98
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 42.55

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.51

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,420

Size of family households: 1,596 2-persons, 555 3-persons, 536 4-persons, 334 5-persons, 151 6-persons, 65 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,093 1-person, 98 2-persons, 7 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

95.4% of residents of Lyon County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
3.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (82% speak English very well, 18% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $59,046,000 ($5024 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $466,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $26,138,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,647,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,157,000
Federal grants: $7,224,000
Federal procurement contracts: $552,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,329,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $256,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,001,000
Federal Government insurance: $73,733,000

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

Births: 808
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 608
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +19
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -212
Here -18 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lyon County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.45 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lyon County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 47
  • 4 rooms: 255
  • 5 rooms: 701
  • 6 rooms: 746
  • 7 rooms: 710
  • 8 rooms: 554
  • 9+ rooms: 592
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 22
  • 3 rooms: 94
  • 4 rooms: 139
  • 5 rooms: 146
  • 6 rooms: 138
  • 7 rooms: 115
  • 8 rooms: 67
  • 9+ rooms: 86
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lyon County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 66
  • 2 bedrooms: 749
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,528
  • 4 bedrooms: 912
  • 5+ bedrooms: 360
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 134
  • 2 bedrooms: 223
  • 3 bedrooms: 298
  • 4 bedrooms: 126
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26
Cars and other vehicles available in Lyon County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 80
  • 1 vehicle: 782
  • 2 vehicles: 1,532
  • 3 vehicles: 809
  • 4 vehicles: 293
  • 5+ vehicles: 123
  • no vehicle: 81
  • 1 vehicle: 308
  • 2 vehicles: 268
  • 3 vehicles: 89
  • 4 vehicles: 25
  • 5+ vehicles: 38

69% of Lyon County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 60% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 42% lived in Iowa.

Lyon County:

68.9%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $49,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lyon County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.0%)
  • Electricity (8.7%)
  • Wood (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (38.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.9%)
  • Electricity (17.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 185
Here:

11.8%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 103
Here:

12.2%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 84
Here:

31.0%
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

Lyon County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Lyon County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Lyon County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Lyon County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Lyon County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John16678.0 years
Henry10279.8 years
William7878.9 years
Anna7083.7 years
George6580.3 years
Mary4981.7 years
Fred4478.3 years
Peter4380.5 years
Albert3783.6 years
Marie3683.0 years
Most common last names in Lyon County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kruger5276.2 years
Kruse5176.7 years
Johnson4278.2 years
Harms2779.8 years
Anderson2579.8 years
Geerdes2478.3 years
Stubbe2377.1 years
Krull2375.8 years
Kramer2176.4 years
Deboer2173.1 years
Businesses in Lyon County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Subway1
Curves1True Value2
Jimmy John's3UPS1
La-Z-Boy1
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