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Mahaska County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 22,443 (56% urban, 44% rural); it was 22,335 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,865
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,519
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,310
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,591 (it was 2,570 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

28%

Land area: 571 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 39 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mahaska County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (25.9%), Educational,health and social services (21.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  38.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 11,252  (49.7%)
Females: 11,129  (50.3%)

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Mahaska County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Mahaska County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $45,420 ($37,314 in 1999)
This county:

$45420
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $433 (lower quartile is $304, upper quartile is $514)
This county:

$433
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $97,136 (it was $69,100 in 2000)
Mahaska County:

$97,136
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $66,666 - $154,203

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $130,695
Here:

$130,695
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $70,708
Here:

$70,708
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $26,893
Here:

$26,893
State:

$128,390

Mobile homes: $73,386
Here:

$73,386
State:

$29,315

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $19,573
Here:

$19,573
State:

$33,502
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,107
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $305

Institutionalized population: 215

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):


Mahaska 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: $1,272 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,227 (1.4%)


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


Mahaska County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.4%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 45.1% for Black residents, 67.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.1% for American Indian residents, 83.3% for other race residents, 36.0% 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: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 32 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:

9.8%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

5.0%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mahaska County is $417 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $531 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $636 a month.

Cities in this county include: Oskaloosa, New Sharon, Eddyville, Fremont, University Park, Beacon, Rose Hill, Barnes City, Leighton, Keomah Village.

Mahaska 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 Mahaska County: Auburn (A), White Oak (B), Oskaloosa Waterworks (C), Oskaloosa Wastewater Plant (D), Given Station (E), Cedar Creek Access (F), Eveland Access (G), Glendale Access (H), Robertson Access (I), Union Mills Access (J), Rose Hill Access (K), Lacey (L), Harvest Point Golf Course (M), Sully Co-operative Exchange Elevator (N), Eddyville Raceway Park Emergency Medical Services (O), Mahaska County Farm (P), Adams Townhall (Q), Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mahaska County include: Tioga Church (A), Bethel Church (B), Union Mills Church (C), White Oak Grove Church (D), Wymore Church (E), Union Liberty Church (F), Lower Grove Community Church (G), Evangelical Church (H), First Church of the Open Bible (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Appel Cemetery (1), Baldwin Cemetery (2), Olivet Cemetery (3), Beacon Cemetery (4), Bedwell Cemetery (5), Belle Fountain Cemetery (6), Black Oak Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Goose Lake (A), Hawthorn Lake (B), Lake Keomah (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ballinger Creek (A), Bluff Creek (B), Buck Creek (C), Buckley Creek (D), Cedar Creek (E), Coal Creek (F), Spring Creek (G), Snyder Creek (H), Black Oak Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mahaska County include: Bluff Creek Off Highway Recreation Area (1), Cedar Bluffs Natural Area (2), Nicholson Park (3), White Oak Conservation Area (4), Rose Hill Marsh (5), Maskunky Marsh (6), Russell Wildlife Area (7), Peters Wildlife Area (8), Lower Grove Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Jasper County , Keokuk County , Marion County , Monroe County , Poweshiek County , Wapello County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,000
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 350 (31% naturalized citizens)

Mahaska County:

1.6%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.1%

Mahaska County marital status for males
Mahaska County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Mahaska County with a mortgage: 2,800 (158 second mortgage, 214 home equity loan, 13 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,950

Here:

58.9% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.03%
Here48.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,728
Total congregations: 40

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaCatholic ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Church of the Nazarene
Adherents2,266 (21.1%)1,440 (13.4%)1,273 (11.9%)1,074 (10.0%)922 (8.6%)
Congregations7 (17.5%)5 (12.5%)1 (2.5%)1 (2.5%)2 (5.0%)
NameReformed Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodLutheran ChurchUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents891 (8.3%)678 (6.3%)363 (3.4%)293 (2.7%)1,528 (14.2%)
Congregations2 (5.0%)2 (5.0%)1 (2.5%)1 (2.5%)18 (45.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Mahaska County - Oskaloosa, New Sharon, Eddyville, Fremont, University Park

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Mahaska County:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.

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

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

6.29 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Mahaska County:

3.60 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.4%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.7%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mahaska County:

16.5%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Mahaska County:

Average size of farms: 315 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $127,275
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $241.51
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.19%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.96%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $112,953
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 70.32%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $92,229
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 80.82%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.93
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.57%
Corn for grain: 116121 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 100829 harvested acres
Vegetables: 42 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Mahaska County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 2.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/11/1985, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Mahaska County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 2, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snow: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Metal and metal products (13%)
  • Machinery (12%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Metal and metal products (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

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




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





Mahaska County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 8,256 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 1,362 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 16 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 30 (0%)
  • Walked: 275 (3%)
  • Other means: 91 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 630 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Mahaska County, Iowa in 2000:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $48,234.

6.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,710 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.03%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.21% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($21,952 average AGI)
1.81% relocated from other states ($10,757 average AGI)
Mahaska County:

1.81%
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 Wapello County, IA  0.78% ($29,194 average AGI)
from Marion County, IA  0.58% ($33,130)
from Keokuk County, IA  0.41% ($30,303)
from Polk County, IA  0.36% ($38,414)
from Poweshiek County, IA  0.33% ($30,731)
from Monroe County, IA  0.19% ($27,133)
from Jasper County, IA  0.16% ($28,846)


6.52% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,324 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.52%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.28% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($21,756 average AGI)
2.24% relocated to other states ($12,567 average AGI)
Mahaska County:

2.24%
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 Marion County, IA  0.66% ($36,887 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.60% ($39,354)
to Wapello County, IA  0.56% ($32,800)
to Keokuk County, IA  0.35% ($32,357)
to Poweshiek County, IA  0.29% ($30,391)
to Monroe County, IA  0.21% ($20,588)
to Linn County, IA  0.16% ($29,308)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Births per 1000 population in Mahaska County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Mahaska County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mahaska County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,858 (3,424 aged, 434 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.5
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6342.630
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 220.730
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 61309.07

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1171.530
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 898.770
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.94

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 22.83
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67.07

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.41

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 135.2. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 21,722

Size of family households: 2,993 2-persons, 1,194 3-persons, 1,046 4-persons, 535 5-persons, 195 6-persons, 81 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,460 1-person, 385 2-persons, 63 3-persons, 19 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

96.6% of residents of Mahaska County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 31% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (51% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $120,999,000 ($5451 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,388,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $52,725,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $25,499,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $12,201,000
Federal grants: $25,627,000
Federal procurement contracts: $952,000 ($10,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,994,000 ($28,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $639,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,929,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,745,000

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

Births: 1,460
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,104
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +116
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -412
Here -18 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mahaska County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.42 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Mahaska County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 29
  • 3 rooms: 92
  • 4 rooms: 748
  • 5 rooms: 1,463
  • 6 rooms: 1,336
  • 7 rooms: 1,094
  • 8 rooms: 761
  • 9+ rooms: 787
  • 1 room: 53
  • 2 rooms: 200
  • 3 rooms: 479
  • 4 rooms: 639
  • 5 rooms: 537
  • 6 rooms: 318
  • 7 rooms: 121
  • 8 rooms: 132
  • 9+ rooms: 91
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mahaska County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 176
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,795
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,988
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,136
  • 5+ bedrooms: 215
  • no bedroom: 85
  • 1 bedroom: 654
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,019
  • 3 bedrooms: 592
  • 4 bedrooms: 175
  • 5+ bedrooms: 45
Cars and other vehicles available in Mahaska County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 139
  • 1 vehicle: 1,409
  • 2 vehicles: 2,977
  • 3 vehicles: 1,238
  • 4 vehicles: 333
  • 5+ vehicles: 214
  • no vehicle: 470
  • 1 vehicle: 1,121
  • 2 vehicles: 686
  • 3 vehicles: 233
  • 4 vehicles: 32
  • 5+ vehicles: 28

58% of Mahaska 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, 63% lived in Iowa.

Mahaska County:

58.3%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $59,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mahaska County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (69.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.1%)
  • Electricity (6.1%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.7%)
  • Utility gas (52.8%)
  • Electricity (28.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.8%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 322
Here:

12.7%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 147
Here:

10.4%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 389
Here:

43.6%
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

Mahaska County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Mahaska County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Mahaska County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Mahaska County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Mahaska County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John18378.6 years
William16077.4 years
Mary15981.3 years
James11875.7 years
Robert11672.9 years
Helen10181.2 years
Charles10074.8 years
George8979.0 years
Harold8873.9 years
Ruth8081.7 years
Most common last names in Mahaska County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10975.5 years
Johnson7880.3 years
Davis7176.2 years
Williams5879.0 years
Miller5177.5 years
Jones4980.7 years
Brown3977.8 years
Phillips3978.4 years
Moore3675.3 years
Wymore3179.5 years
Businesses in Mahaska County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Comfort Inn1Nike1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
DHL1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen1SAS Shoes1
FedEx2Sears1
GameStop1Slumberland1
Goodwill1Subway2
H&R Block1Super 81
Hardee's1True Value1
JCPenney1U-Haul1
KFC1U.S. Cellular5
La-Z-Boy1UPS5
MasterBrand Cabinets5Walmart1
Maurices1Wendy's1
McDonald's1YMCA1
New Balance2
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