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O'Brien County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 14,172 (34% urban, 66% rural); it was 15,102 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,419
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,175
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,611
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,475 (it was 1,390 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

28%

Land area: 573 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 25 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.8%), Manufacturing (16.5%), Retail trade (13.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in O'Brien County, Iowa:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 7,166  (51.3%)
Females: 7,232  (48.7%)

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O'Brien County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
O'Brien County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $43,526 ($35,758 in 1999)
This county:

$43526
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $334 (lower quartile is $261, upper quartile is $414)
This county:

$334
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $82,808 (it was $59,300 in 2000)
O'Brien County:

$82,808
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,894 - $138,675

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $117,466
Here:

$117,466
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $207,086
Here:

$207,086
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $80,072
Here:

$80,072
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $105,026
Here:

$105,026
State:

$135,565

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $345,759
Here:

$345,759
State:

$110,680

Mobile homes: $29,789
Here:

$29,789
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $985
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $287

Institutionalized population: 208

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


O'Brien 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: $866 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $891 (1.1%)


O'Brien County household income distribution in 2009 O'Brien County home values distribution


O'Brien County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.7%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.3% for Black residents, 34.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 13.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 23 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

7.3%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.4%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in O'Brien 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: Sheldon, Hartley, Sanborn, Paullina, Primghar, Sutherland, Calumet, Archer.

O'Brien County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: www.obriencounty.com/government/government.htm

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in O'Brien County: Elcho (A), O'Brien (B), Sheldon Country Club (C), Cottonwood Farm (D), Youngers Farm (E), Diamond H Farms (F), Kay - Kel - Sha Farm (G), B and B Farms (H), Getting Farms (I), Hofman Farm (J), A B C Farms (K), Peelen Farms (L), Budden Farms (M), Vollink Farms (N), Sanborn Sow Farm (O), D and J Farms (P), Solsma Farms (Q), Allison Acres (R), Van Ess Dairy (S), Mig Farms (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in O'Brien County include: Baker Church (A), Covey Church (B), Grant Bible Church (C), Saint Johns Lutheran Church (D), Zion Lutheran Church (E), United Methodist Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pleasant Hill Cemetery (1), Prairie View Cemetery (2), Roseland Cemetery (3), Calvary Cemetery (4), Saint Anthonys Cemetery (5), Saint Cecilla Cemetery (6), Saint John Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Barry Creek (A), Cole Creek (B), Stofferan Creek (C), South Branch Little Floyd River (D), West Branch Mill Creek (E), Wolf Creek (F), Henry Creek (G), Roetzel Creek (H), Plessis Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in O'Brien County include: Railroad Area (1), Mill Creek Area (2), Weale Area (3), Rahbusch Tract (4), Waterman Wildlife Area (5), Covey Church Park (6), Flinders Area (7), Waterman Prairie Wildlife Management Area (8), Negus Recreation Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Buena Vista County , Cherokee County , Clay County , Dickinson County , Lyon County , Osceola County , Plymouth County , Sioux County .


Current college students: 385
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 300 (44% naturalized citizens)

O'Brien County:

2.0%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.2%

O'Brien County marital status for males
O'Brien County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in O'Brien County with a mortgage: 1,806 (162 second mortgage, 141 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,038

Here:

47.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 89.34%
Here89.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,492
Total congregations: 41

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchReformed Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchCatholic ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North America
Adherents2,322 (17.2%)2,269 (16.8%)2,241 (16.6%)1,734 (12.9%)1,451 (10.8%)
Congregations6 (14.6%)5 (12.2%)5 (12.2%)5 (12.2%)3 (7.3%)
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)United Reformed Churches in North AmericaOther
Adherents1,118 (8.3%)896 (6.6%)443 (3.3%)326 (2.4%)692 (5.1%)
Congregations3 (7.3%)3 (7.3%)2 (4.9%)1 (2.4%)8 (19.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in O'Brien County - Sheldon, Hartley, Sanborn, Paullina, Primghar

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

4.98 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
This county:

10.67 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
O'Brien County:

8.53 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.8%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.2%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
O'Brien County:

16.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in O'Brien County:

Average size of farms: 365 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $205,752
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $256.90
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.01%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 59.55%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $169,552
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 88.78%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.09%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $117,677
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.80%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.31
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.09%
Corn for grain: 153759 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 156366 harvested acres
Vegetables: 5 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

O'Brien 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 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/5/1964, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 7 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in O'Brien 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 (16%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Food (8%)
  • Machinery (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (27%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

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




Most common first ancestries reported in O'Brien County (%):





O'Brien County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,389 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 848 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 62 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 20 (0%)
  • Walked: 408 (6%)
  • Other means: 88 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 450 (6%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in O'Brien County, Iowa in 2000:

People in group quarters in O'Brien County, Iowa in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $44,329.

5.69% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,901 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.69%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.79% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($20,439 average AGI)
1.90% relocated from other states ($12,462 average AGI)
O'Brien County:

1.90%
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 Sioux County, IA  0.91% ($26,900 average AGI)
from Clay County, IA  0.56% ($37,258)
from Osceola County, IA  0.38% ($32,619)
from Cherokee County, IA  0.25% ($25,786)
from Dickinson County, IA  0.20% ($32,182)
from Woodbury County, IA  0.18% ($35,400)


6.02% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,279 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.02%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.65% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($17,057 average AGI)
2.37% relocated to other states ($14,222 average AGI)
O'Brien County:

2.37%
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 Sioux County, IA  0.72% ($29,225 average AGI)
to Clay County, IA  0.42% ($22,391)
to Minnehaha County, SD  0.40% ($25,545)
to Osceola County, IA  0.34% ($13,895)
to Cherokee County, IA  0.27% ($24,067)
to Dickinson County, IA  0.20% ($60,000)
to Woodbury County, IA  0.18% ($39,600)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Births per 1000 population in O'Brien County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Deaths per 1000 population in O'Brien County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in O'Brien County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,465 (3,138 aged, 327 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.86
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7256.720
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 748.540
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 19489.88

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1304.290
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1144.720
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 20.81

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 33.53
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 90.19

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 34.69

Household type by relationship:

Households: 14,032

Size of family households: 2,130 2-persons, 661 3-persons, 583 4-persons, 374 5-persons, 133 6-persons, 46 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,909 1-person, 198 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 11 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 3 6-persons.

95.8% of residents of O'Brien County speak English at home.
2.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (45% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 18% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (27% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 43% speak English not well, 23% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $95,075,000 ($6590 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,312,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $42,975,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $19,955,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,091,000
Federal grants: $15,474,000
Federal procurement contracts: $897,000 ($69,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,683,000 ($1,358,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,081,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,394,000
Federal Government insurance: $69,540,000

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

Births: 849
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 994
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +49
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -571
Here -40 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in O'Brien County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.08 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:

4.7
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in O'Brien County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 77
  • 4 rooms: 437
  • 5 rooms: 958
  • 6 rooms: 1,002
  • 7 rooms: 742
  • 8 rooms: 676
  • 9+ rooms: 699
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 78
  • 3 rooms: 187
  • 4 rooms: 373
  • 5 rooms: 181
  • 6 rooms: 234
  • 7 rooms: 141
  • 8 rooms: 86
  • 9+ rooms: 97
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in O'Brien County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 136
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,237
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,894
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,078
  • 5+ bedrooms: 266
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 260
  • 2 bedrooms: 494
  • 3 bedrooms: 430
  • 4 bedrooms: 161
  • 5+ bedrooms: 25
Cars and other vehicles available in O'Brien County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 199
  • 1 vehicle: 1,170
  • 2 vehicles: 2,086
  • 3 vehicles: 784
  • 4 vehicles: 261
  • 5+ vehicles: 111
  • no vehicle: 217
  • 1 vehicle: 503
  • 2 vehicles: 447
  • 3 vehicles: 148
  • 4 vehicles: 48
  • 5+ vehicles: 27

67% of O'Brien 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, 65% lived in Iowa.

O'Brien County:

66.8%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $27,900


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 O'Brien County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (66.4%)
  • Electricity (17.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.9%)
  • Utility gas (48.3%)
  • Electricity (29.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.1%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 292
Here:

16.6%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 125
Here:

12.5%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 45
Here:

12.8%
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

O'Brien County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


O'Brien County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


O'Brien County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



O'Brien County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

O'Brien 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 O'Brien County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John19879.6 years
William12378.6 years
Henry10082.8 years
Anna7186.1 years
Mary7183.8 years
Robert6974.6 years
George6777.7 years
Helen5879.7 years
Donald5571.8 years
Marie5386.3 years
Most common last names in O'Brien County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller4378.1 years
Smith3979.2 years
Petersen3677.3 years
Elgersma2878.9 years
Peters2779.3 years
Brown2781.5 years
Johnson2682.0 years
Anderson2579.6 years
Vanmeeteren2479.5 years
Hansen2475.0 years
Businesses in O'Brien County, IA
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1SAS Shoes1
H&R Block1Sears1
Hardee's1Subway1
Holiday Inn1Super 81
La-Z-Boy1True Value2
McDonald's1U-Haul1
New Balance1U.S. Cellular1
RadioShack1UPS1
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