County population in 2014: 17,451 (28% urban, 72% rural); it was 18,103 in 2000County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,030 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,450 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,443 Renter-occupied apartments: 1,467 (it was 1,575 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 721 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 24 people per square mile (low).
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Tama County: 84.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,493 (1.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,545 (1.4%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 11.3%
(8.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 9.4% for Black residents, 34.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.1% for American Indian residents, 13.6% for other race residents, 16.5% for two or more races residents)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 11.0%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.8% for Black residents, 34.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.1% for American Indian residents, 13.6% for other race residents, 11.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2015: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 17 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 19 years old)
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Tama County is $407 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $505 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $661 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Tama County: Camp Courageous of Iowa (A), Camp De Shaw (B), Bowens Prairie (C), Highland Grove (D), Wayside (E), Cascade Sewer Plant (F), Iowa State Penal Farm (G), Jungletown Public Access (H), Fawn Creek Country Club (I), Olin Recreation Area Access (J), Walnut Acres Campground (K), Wapsipinicon Country Club (L), Edinburgh Ghost Town and Museum (M), Little Bear Country Club (N). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Tama County include: Antioch Church (A), Wayne Zion Church (B), White Oak Church (C), Cass Center Church (D), Center Church (E), First United Church (F), Forest Chapel (G), Berean Bible Church (H), Fairview Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: North Madison Pioneer Cemetery (1), North Mineral Cemetery (2), Amber Cemetery (3), Norwich Cemetery (4), Olin Cemetery (5), Bear Creek Cemetery (6), Johnstown Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Creeks: Cline Creek (A), Deer Creek (B), Dutch Creek (C), Silver Creek (D), Tibetts Creek (E), Whitewater Creek (F), Prairie Creek (G), White Oak Creek (H), Pioneer Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Tama County include: Chimney Rock Indian Bluffs State Game Mgt Ar (1), Wapsipinicon State Park (2), Central Park (3), Muskrat Slough State Game Management Area (4), Pictured Rocks County Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map
Current college students: 561 People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.2% People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.9%
Number of foreign born residents: 361 (39% naturalized citizens)
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
1995 to March 2000: 78
1990 to 1994: 87
1985 to 1989: 50
1980 to 1984: 48
1975 to 1979: 27
1970 to 1974: 15
1970 to 1974: 13
1965 to 1969: 43
Note: State values scaled to Tama County population
Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.7 minutes
Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 61.5%
Housing units in structures:
One, detached: 6,464
One, attached: 63
3 or 4: 263
5 to 9: 112
10 to 19: 111
20 or more: 106
Mobile homes: 363
Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 6
Housing units in Tama County with a mortgage: 2,092 (193 second mortgage, 227 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan) Houses without a mortgage: 1,930
52.0% with mortgage
62.8% with mortgage
Religion statistics for Tama County
Tama 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: 4
2.25 / 10,000 pop.
2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
1.13 / 10,000 pop.
0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
7.32 / 10,000 pop.
5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 13
7.32 / 10,000 pop.
8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Agriculture in Tama County:
Average size of farms: 361 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $110,464 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $291.29 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.50% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $92,680 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 79.41% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $112,228 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.42% Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.26 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.82% Corn for grain: 165657 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 147925 harvested acres Vegetables: 22 harvested acres Land in orchards: 88 acres
Tama County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 3406717.9 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 20 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 4/23/1961, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Tama County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 83% 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 351.0 miles away from Tama 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 332.8 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 192.9 miles away from the county center On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 303.6 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 375.3 miles away from Tama 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 378.9 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:
Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 26, 2014 to July 08, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4187: August 05, 2014, FEMA Id: 4187, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2013 to June 15, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4126: July 02, 2013, FEMA Id: 4126, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Iowa Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: July 09, 2011 to July 14, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4016: August 24, 2011, FEMA Id: 4016, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1763: May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: 1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Iowa Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: February 23, 2007 to March 02, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1688: March 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1688, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Iowa Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3239: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1518: May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: 1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Iowa Severe Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1230: July 02, 1998, FEMA Id: 1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 01, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-996: July 09, 1993, FEMA Id: 996, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: March 26, 1993 to April 12, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-986: April 26, 1993, FEMA Id: 986, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Tama County (16) is greater than the US average (13). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Tama County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 3,566 (3,227 aged, 339 disabled) Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 369 (8%)
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 Tama County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:
Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (233)
Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (203)
Atherosclerotic heart disease (189)
Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (164)
3,428 married couples with children.
903 single-parent households (255 men, 648 women).
91.8% of residents of Tama County speak English at home.
3.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
1.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (63% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
2.6% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $107,005,000 ($5,962 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $944,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $45,572,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $20,482,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $21,386,000 Federal grants: $14,740,000 Federal procurement contracts: $894,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $3,930,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $978,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,497,000 Federal Government insurance: $64,806,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
69 per 1000 residents
66 per 1000 residents
61 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +51
+3 per 1000 residents
+10 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -357
-20 per 1000 residents
-14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Tama County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.41 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
Note: State values scaled to Tama County population
no vehicle: 159
1 vehicle: 1,265
2 vehicles: 2,291
3 vehicles: 1,146
4 vehicles: 401
5+ vehicles: 181
no vehicle: 224
1 vehicle: 593
2 vehicles: 489
3 vehicles: 194
4 vehicles: 54
5+ vehicles: 21
62% of Tama County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Iowa.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 15,130
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $58,600
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 Tama County