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Mills County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 14,837 (40% urban, 60% rural); it was 14,547 in 2000
County 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:

21%
State:

28%

Land area: 437 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 34 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mills County: 85.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.5%), Retail trade (13.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Mills County, Iowa:


Median resident age:  41.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 7,572  (48.5%)
Females: 7,487  (51.5%)

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Mills County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Mills County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $51,645 ($42,428 in 1999)
This county:

$51645
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $471 (lower quartile is $372, upper quartile is $601)
This county:

$471
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $146,021 (it was $95,200 in 2000)
Mills County:

$146,021
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $91,172 - $226,592

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $182,489
Here:

$182,489
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $540,601
Here:

$540,601
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $31,205
Here:

$31,205
State:

$128,390

Mobile homes: $154,262
Here:

$154,262
State:

$29,315

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $4,567
Here:

$4,567
State:

$33,502
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,200
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $430

Institutionalized population: 462

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):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,775 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,559 (1.3%)


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


Mills County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.0%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 9.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 11.1% for other race residents, 26.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

8.3%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

3.5%
Whole state:

3.8%

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.

Cities in this county include: Glenwood, Malvern, Pacific Junction, Emerson, Silver City, Hastings, Henderson, Mineola.

Mills 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 Mills County: Barrett School (A), Shady Grove School (B), Benton (C), Jewell (D), Haneys (E), Egypt (F), Wahaghbonsy (G), Elm Grove School (H), Estes School (I), Four Corners School (J), Foxworthy School (K), Lutherische Kirche (L), Mount Vernon School (M), Glenwood Golf Course (N), Fairview Country Club (O), Pacific Junction North Bound Rest Area (P), Pacific Junction South Bound Rest Area (Q), Pleasant Ridge School (R), Rolling Thunder Rescue (S). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mills County include: Waubonsie Bible Church (A), Champion Hill Church (B), Holy Rosary Church (C), Oaks Church (D), Hillsdale United Methodist Church (E), Strahan United Methodist Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Plumer Cemetery (1), Farm Creek Cemetery (2), Silver City Cemetery (3), Glenwood Cemetery (4), Wesley Chapel Cemetery (5), Cottonwood Cemetery (6), Saylers Farm Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Folsom Lake (A), Lake George (B), Tree Lake (C), Keg Creek Lake (D), Mile Hill Lake (E), Pony Creek Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Spring Valley Creek (A), Silver Creek (B), Indian Creek (C), Douglas Creek (D), Osborne Creek (E), Snake Creek (F), Pony Creek (G), Little Creek (H), Mule Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mills County include: Bass Memorial Park (1), Highway Number Thirty-Four Roadside Park (2), Ray Thomas Wildlife Preserve (3), Keg Lake Wildlife Management Area (4), PJ Wildlife Area (5), Mile Hill Lake Park (6), Tree Lake Park (7), Three Early Trails Historical Marker (8), Pony Creek Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Cass County, Nebraska , Fremont County , Montgomery County , Page County , Sarpy County, Nebraska , Pottawattamie County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


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)

Mills County:

1.0%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 50.1%

Mills County marital status for males
Mills County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


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

Here:

66.8% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 45.85%
Here45.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,670
Total congregations: 25

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran Church
Adherents1,826 (27.4%)1,400 (21.0%)708 (10.6%)594 (8.9%)537 (8.1%)
Congregations10 (40.0%)1 (4.0%)2 (8.0%)1 (4.0%)2 (8.0%)
NameChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)United Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents501 (7.5%)317 (4.8%)304 (4.6%)188 (2.8%)295 (4.4%)
Congregations1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)5 (20.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Mills County - Glenwood, Malvern, Pacific Junction, Emerson, Silver City

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



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

4.63 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Mills County:

4.63 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.4%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.2%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mills County:

16.7%
State:

14.5%


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

Tornado activity:

Mills County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 1.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 14 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/28/1979, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 2 people and injured 14 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mills County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 96% 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 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 2/11/1995 at 05:54:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 51.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


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: Storms: 9, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Flash Flood: 1, Snow: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Health care (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food (3%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Social assistance (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (4%)

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




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





Mills County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,783 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 939 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 135 (2%)
  • Other means: 51 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 398 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $54,164.

8.66% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($43,565 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.66%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.35% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($14,820 average AGI)
5.31% relocated from other states ($28,746 average AGI)
Mills County:

5.31%
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 Pottawattamie County, IA  1.96% ($36,077 average AGI)
from Douglas County, NE  1.60% ($46,294)
from Sarpy County, NE  0.98% ($57,385)
from Montgomery County, IA  0.36% ($44,842)
from Fremont County, IA  0.26% ($25,214)


7.68% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($41,535 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.68%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.67% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($15,748 average AGI)
4.01% relocated to other states ($25,787 average AGI)
Mills County:

4.01%
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 Pottawattamie County, IA  1.88% ($32,737 average AGI)
to Douglas County, NE  1.22% ($40,484)
to Sarpy County, NE  0.61% ($48,594)
to Fremont County, IA  0.42% ($34,591)
to Montgomery County, IA  0.38% ($38,850)
to Page County, IA  0.21% ($29,273)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Mills County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Mills County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mills County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,404 (1,831 aged, 573 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 3%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1308.560
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 876.730
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6.54

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.72
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 52.34

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.09

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,451

Size of family households: 1,935 2-persons, 821 3-persons, 721 4-persons, 406 5-persons, 149 6-persons, 61 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,253 1-person, 217 2-persons, 25 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

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:

Births: 869
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 691
Here:

45 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +24
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +567
Here +37 per 1000 residents
State -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)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Mills County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 53
  • 4 rooms: 383
  • 5 rooms: 940
  • 6 rooms: 886
  • 7 rooms: 811
  • 8 rooms: 643
  • 9+ rooms: 500
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 32
  • 3 rooms: 238
  • 4 rooms: 292
  • 5 rooms: 191
  • 6 rooms: 85
  • 7 rooms: 120
  • 8 rooms: 56
  • 9+ rooms: 79
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mills County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 92
  • 2 bedrooms: 798
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,370
  • 4 bedrooms: 768
  • 5+ bedrooms: 199
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 305
  • 2 bedrooms: 408
  • 3 bedrooms: 254
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 38
Cars and other vehicles available in Mills County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 104
  • 1 vehicle: 813
  • 2 vehicles: 1,893
  • 3 vehicles: 994
  • 4 vehicles: 285
  • 5+ vehicles: 142
  • no vehicle: 146
  • 1 vehicle: 465
  • 2 vehicles: 331
  • 3 vehicles: 90
  • 4 vehicles: 26
  • 5+ vehicles: 35

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.

Mills County:

57.4%
State average:

57.7%


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


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
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (52.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34.7%)
  • Electricity (9.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.5%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (61.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.7%)
  • Electricity (9.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.8%)
  • Wood (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 93
Here:

4.8%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 32
Here:

3.5%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 142
Here:

29.6%
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

Mills County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Mills County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Mills County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Mills County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Mills 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 Mills County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7875.9 years
William6874.2 years
Mary6379.7 years
Robert5772.0 years
Charles5574.7 years
James5166.5 years
Donald3966.6 years
George3980.5 years
Harold3575.5 years
Ruth3482.3 years
Most common last names in Mills County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3872.0 years
Miller3778.1 years
Johnson3477.9 years
Schoening3280.6 years
Anderson2774.4 years
Williams2778.6 years
Clark2578.4 years
Fisher2471.2 years
Wilson2174.6 years
Jones1980.5 years
Businesses in Mills County, IA
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1Subway1
H&R Block1True Value1
Kroger1U-Haul1
McDonald's1U.S. Cellular1
Pizza Hut1UPS2
RadioShack1YMCA1
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