County population in 2014: 14,831 (40% urban, 60% rural); it was 14,547 in 2000County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,162 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,305 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,231 Renter-occupied apartments: 1,138 (it was 1,093 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 437 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 34 people per square mile (low).
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mills County: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (24.1%), Educational, health and social services (20.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (13.2%).
Estimated median household income in 2013: $63,545 ($42,428 in 1999)
Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $573 (lower quartile is $434, upper quartile is $842)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $152,525 (it was $95,200 in 2000)
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $98,276 - $237,704 Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,287 Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $446
Institutionalized population: 462
Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):
Auto thefts: 20
Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):
Auto thefts: 19
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,403 (1.5%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,968 (1.4%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.0%
(6.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.7% for Black residents, 3.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.1% for two or more races residents)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.2%
(6.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.7% for Black residents, 3.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 16 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 48 years old)
Area name: Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA HUD Metro FMR Area Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mills County is $531 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $662 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $884 a month.
Churches in Mills County include: Tabor Church (A), Center Ridge Church (B), Stratton Church (C), Hawthorne Church (D), Faith Community Church (E), First Christian Church (F), Pilot Grove United Methodist Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Arlington Cemetery (1), Morton Mills Cemetery (2), Center Ridge Cemetery (3), Sciola Baptist Cemetery (4), Mrs Frank Hacffich and Infant Grave (5), Shank Cemetery (6), L Laire Property Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ashby Creek (A), Coe Creek (B), Dunns Creek (C), Sin Creek (D), Sevenmile Creek (E), Little Indian Creek (F), Crabapple Creek (G), Rose Creek (H), Ramp Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Mills County include: Anderson Conservation Area (1), Anderson Wildlife Area (2), Hacklebarney Woods County Park (3), Viking Lake State Park (4), Pilot Grove County Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map
Current college students: 541 People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.2% People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.3%
Number of foreign born residents: 139 (48% naturalized citizens)
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
1995 to March 2000: 38
1990 to 1994: 38
1985 to 1989: 6
1980 to 1984: 4
1975 to 1979: 1
1970 to 1974: 9
1970 to 1974: 0
1965 to 1969: 43
Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.5 minutes
Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 50.1%
Housing units in structures:
One, detached: 4,492
One, attached: 104
3 or 4: 138
5 to 9: 75
10 to 19: 64
20 or more: 78
Mobile homes: 603
Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 20
Housing units in Mills County with a mortgage: 2,047 (284 second mortgage, 200 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan) Houses without a mortgage: 1,018
0.0% with mortgage
62.8% with mortgage
Religion statistics for Mills County
Mills 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: 3
1.98 / 10,000 pop.
2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
4.63 / 10,000 pop.
5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
4.63 / 10,000 pop.
8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Agriculture in Mills County:
Average size of farms: 535 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $104,151 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $208.95 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.34% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 11.45% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $74,673 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 82.48% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.15% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $100,195 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.50% Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.13 Corn for grain: 101144 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 266 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 96158 harvested acres Vegetables: 15 harvested acres Land in orchards: 6 acres
Mills County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 2721465.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Mills County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 75% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 27.9 miles away from Mills County center On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 206.1 miles away from the county center On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 291.9 miles away from the county center On 8/9/1997 at 17:46:03, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.9 miles away from the 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 449.2 miles away from Mills County center On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 321.5 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
IowaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1930): July 29, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1930, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1763): May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
IowaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 5, 2007 to May 7, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1705): May 25, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1705, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
IowaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3239): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1518): May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
IowaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 2, 1999 to August 10, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1282): July 22, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1282, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
IowaSevere Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1230): July 2, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
IowaSevere Snow Storms, Incident Period: October 26, 1997 to October 28, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1191): November 20, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1191, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
IowaFlooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 1, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-996): July 9, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-996, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
IowaIce Storm, Incident Period: October 31, 1991 to November 29, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-928): December 26, 1991, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-928, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Mills County (13) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 5, Flash Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mills County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 2,522 (1,890 aged, 632 disabled) Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 211 (5%)
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)
Most common underlying causes of death in Mills County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:
Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (279)
Atherosclerotic heart disease (133)
Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (120)
2,834 married couples with children.
744 single-parent households (174 men, 570 women).
98.2% of residents of Mills County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (80% speak English very well, 20% speak English well).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 31% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (17% speak English very well, 83% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $90,071,000 ($5989 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $6,293,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $37,888,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,561,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,963,000 Federal grants: $17,506,000 Federal procurement contracts: $3,167,000 ($17,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $5,986,000 ($3,150,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $945,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,490,000 Federal Government insurance: $49,659,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
57 per 1000 residents
66 per 1000 residents
45 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +24
+2 per 1000 residents
+10 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +567
+37 per 1000 residents
-14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Mills County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.17 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
57% of Mills County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 45% lived in Iowa.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 8285
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $56,100
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 Mills County