Monroe County, Iowa (IA)

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County population in 2012: 8,063 (45% urban, 55% rural); it was 8,016 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,366
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,108
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,534
Renter-occupied apartments: 739 (it was 694 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

28%

Land area: 433 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 19 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Monroe County: 84.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (33.3%), Educational, health and social services (25.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 34%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 62%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Monroe County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 3,976  (49.0%)
Females: 3,994  (51.0%)
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Monroe County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Monroe County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,339 ($34,877 in 1999)

This county:

$46339
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $398 (lower quartile is $311, upper quartile is $486)
This county:

$398
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $97,191 (it was $58,000 in 2000)
Monroe:

$97,191
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $55,230 - $152,853

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $145,249
Here:

$145,249
State:

$159,697

Townhouses or other attached units: $142,648
Here:

$142,648
State:

$193,868

Mobile homes: $51,290
Here:

$51,290
State:

$46,008
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,113
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $383

Institutionalized population: 122

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:

  • 2007: 14 buildings, average cost: $133,400
  • 2008: 18 buildings, average cost: $142,200
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $184,500

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,831 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $996 (1.3%)

Monroe County household income distribution in 2009 Monroe County home values distribution Monroe County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.8%
(12.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.1%
Monroe County:

12.1%
Iowa:

12.7%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 5 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Monroe County is $379 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $608 a month.

Cities in this county include: Albia, Lovilia, Melrose.

Monroe 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 Monroe County: Tower (A), Rex Number 4 (B), Georgetown Rest Area (C), Maple Number 2 (D), Hardfish Access (E), Avery (F), Albia Country Club (G), Bucknell Ruins (H), Halpin (I), Monroe County Fairground (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Monroe County include: Union Chapel (A), Hayden Chapel (B), Union Chapel (C), Saint Patricks Church (D), Mount Pleasant Church (E), Pleasant Corners Church (F), Saint Marys Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pleasant Corners Cemetery (1), Pleasant Divide Cemetery (2), Bridgeport Cemetery (3), Caldwell Cemetery (4), Mount Calvary Cemetery (5), Grady Cemetery (6), Welch Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Miami (A), Maxon Reservoir (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Coal Creek (A), Contrary Creek (B), Whites Creek (C), Whippoorwill Branch (D), Whippoorwill Creek (E), Sage Creek (F), Moffatt Branch (G), Bleubaugh Creek (H), White Ash Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Monroe County include: Carmack County Park (1), Monroe County Comservation Area (2), La Hart State Public Hunting Area (3), Tyrone State Game Management Area (4), Cottonwood Pits State Game Management Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Appanoose County , Davis County , Lucas County , Mahaska County , Marion County , Wapello County , Wayne County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 263
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 48 (77% naturalized citizens)

Monroe County:

0.6%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 15
  • 1990 to 1994: 4
  • 1985 to 1989: 7
  • 1980 to 1984: 6
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 16

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 58.5%

Monroe County marital status for males Monroe County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Monroe County with a mortgage: 725 (43 second mortgage, 25 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 838

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Monroe County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,6986
Catholic1,5834
Evangelical Protestant5207
Other11
None4,168-
Monroe 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
Monroe County:

3.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.32 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Monroe County:

9.23 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

9.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Monroe County:

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Monroe County:

27.4%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

20.0%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Monroe County:

Average size of farms: 354 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $57,329
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $157.12
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 63.26%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $54,657
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 37.87%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $71,219
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.04%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.05
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.80%
Corn for grain: 28918 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 375 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 32042 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Monroe County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 7165418.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 11/15/1988, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Monroe County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 318.3 miles away from Monroe County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 304.2 miles away from the county center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 321.1 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 342.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 207.0 miles away from Monroe County center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 349.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Monroe County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Germany (33%)
  • El Salvador (23%)
  • Philippines (19%)
  • United Kingdom (13%)
  • Russia (13%)

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

  • German (20%)
  • Irish (19%)
  • English (13%)
  • United States or American (12%)
  • Dutch (7%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Monroe County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,954 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 382 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 106 (3%)
  • Other means: 17 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 116 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 146 people in nursing homes
  • 16 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 16 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 7 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
118 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,517.

6.05% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,400 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.01% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($21,903 average AGI)
2.04% relocated from other states ($14,503 average AGI)
Monroe County:

2.04%
Iowa average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Wapello County, IA  0.80% ($31,739 average AGI)
from Marion County, IA  0.62% ($27,889)
from Appanoose County, IA  0.45% ($42,308)


5.76% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,271 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.76%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.54% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($25,717 average AGI)
1.21% relocated to other states ($6,554 average AGI)
Monroe County:

1.21%
Iowa average:

2.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Appanoose County, IA  0.80% ($29,348 average AGI)
to Wapello County, IA  0.80% ($24,304)
to Marion County, IA  0.66% ($40,211)
to Polk County, IA  0.55% ($22,000)
to Mahaska County, IA  0.42% ($53,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Monroe County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Monroe County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Monroe County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,605 (1,411 aged, 194 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 12.72
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5749.900
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 318.030
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45274.14

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1238.030
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1301.850
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.76

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.87
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 38.29

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,848

Size of family households: 1,097 2-persons, 416 3-persons, 386 4-persons, 186 5-persons, 73 6-persons, 37 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 863 1-person, 134 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

1,487 married couples with children.
416 single-parent households (110 men, 306 women).

96.7% of residents of Monroe County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 13% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 42% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $58,009,000 ($7379 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $513,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $22,591,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,010,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,166,000
Federal grants: $13,584,000
Federal procurement contracts: $364,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,295,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $252,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,994,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,465,000

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

Births: 467
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 521
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -3
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -114
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Monroe County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.32 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 89
  • 2000 to 2004: 460
  • 1990 to 1999: 415
  • 1980 to 1989: 307
  • 1970 to 1979: 673
  • 1960 to 1969: 315
  • 1950 to 1959: 333
  • 1940 to 1949: 93
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,232
Rooms in houses/apartments in Monroe County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 52
  • 4 rooms: 257
  • 5 rooms: 727
  • 6 rooms: 662
  • 7 rooms: 365
  • 8 rooms: 194
  • 9+ rooms: 272
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 155
  • 4 rooms: 184
  • 5 rooms: 125
  • 6 rooms: 132
  • 7 rooms: 37
  • 8 rooms: 26
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Monroe County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 49
  • 2 bedrooms: 748
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,241
  • 4 bedrooms: 397
  • 5+ bedrooms: 99
  • no bedroom: 14
  • 1 bedroom: 169
  • 2 bedrooms: 284
  • 3 bedrooms: 194
  • 4 bedrooms: 27
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Monroe County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 70
  • 1 vehicle: 651
  • 2 vehicles: 852
  • 3 vehicles: 626
  • 4 vehicles: 200
  • 5+ vehicles: 135
  • no vehicle: 131
  • 1 vehicle: 294
  • 2 vehicles: 172
  • 3 vehicles: 33
  • 4 vehicles: 47
  • 5+ vehicles: 17

64% of Monroe County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Iowa.

Monroe County:

63.8%
State average:

57.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $50,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Monroe County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (48.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.6%)
  • Electricity (8.2%)
  • Wood (4.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (53.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.6%)
  • Electricity (19.5%)
  • Wood (4.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 55
Here:

6.0%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4
Here:

0.8%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 19
Here:

8.3%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Monroe County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Monroe County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Monroe County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13578.0 years
Mary11383.4 years
James7976.1 years
William7775.7 years
Charles5477.0 years
Robert4972.4 years
George4678.2 years
Anna3787.0 years
Margaret3586.3 years
Mildred3481.7 years
Most common last names in Monroe County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4776.8 years
Anderson3981.3 years
Jones3378.2 years
Johnson3079.1 years
Clark2781.0 years
Wilson2680.4 years
Stewart2375.3 years
Miller2279.3 years
Peterson2078.0 years
Gray2077.4 years
Businesses in Monroe County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
FedEx1Subway1
Ford1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Hardee's1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
Lane Furniture1