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County population in 2012: 6,208 (all rural); it was 6,958 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,040
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,023
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,164
Renter-occupied apartments: 616 (it was 660 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

28%

Land area: 534 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 12 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Taylor County: 83.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (21.7%), Educational,health and social services (21.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 17%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  44.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 3,147  (53.4%)
Females: 3,170  (46.6%)

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Taylor County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Taylor County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,096 ($31,297 in 1999)
This county:

$38096
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $299 (lower quartile is $231, upper quartile is $364)
This county:

$299
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $66,268 (it was $43,500 in 2000)
Taylor County:

$66,268
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $36,344 - $111,583

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $96,066
Here:

$96,066
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $110,521
Here:

$110,521
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $43,108
Here:

$43,108
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $83,034
Here:

$83,034
State:

$135,565

Mobile homes: $97,479
Here:

$97,479
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $905
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $264

Institutionalized population: 96

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):


Taylor 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: $850 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $608 (1.1%)


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


Taylor County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.4%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.3% for Black residents, 14.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 6.3% for other race residents, 5.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)

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

12.1%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

4.4%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Taylor 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: Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Clearfield, Gravity, Blockton, Sharpsburg, Conway, Athelstan.

Taylor 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 Taylor County: Holt (A), Bedford Golf Course (B), Taylor County Fairgrounds (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Taylor County include: Berea Church (A), Fairview Church (B), Maple Grove Church (C), Siam Church of Christ (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Athelstan Cemetery (1), Bedford Cemetery (2), Blue Grove Cemetery (3), Gravity Cemetery (4), Bower Cemetery (5), Pierce Family Cemetery (6), Ferrell-Ross Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Wilson Lake (A), Lake of Three Fires (B), Bedford Water Supply Lake (C), Lake of the Three Fires (D), Windmill Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ash Branch (A), Brushy Creek (B), Daugherty Creek (C), Rose Branch (D), Middle Branch One Hundred and Two River (E), Lonzo Creek (F), Long Branch (G), West Branch One Hundred and Two River (H), East River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Taylor County include: Lake Binder Park (1), Sands Timber and Recreation Area (2), French Nature Preserve Wildlife Refuge (3), Siam Tract Park (4), Simmons Tract Park (5), Windmill Lake County Park (6), Wilson County Park (7), Lake of Three Fires State Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Adams County , Montgomery County , Page County , Nodaway County, Missouri , Ringgold County , Union County , Worth County, Missouri .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 194
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 142 (30% naturalized citizens)

Taylor County:

2.0%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 59.0%

Taylor County marital status for males
Taylor County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Taylor County with a mortgage: 582 (56 second mortgage, 27 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 870

Here:

40.1% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 58.42%
Here58.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,065
Total congregations: 28

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Christian Churches and Churches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents1,383 (34.0%)715 (17.6%)570 (14.0%)412 (10.1%)307 (7.6%)
Congregations6 (21.4%)1 (3.6%)3 (10.7%)4 (14.3%)3 (10.7%)
NameCatholic ChurchMissionary ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents296 (7.3%)101 (2.5%)67 (1.6%)54 (1.3%)160 (3.9%)
Congregations2 (7.1%)1 (3.6%)1 (3.6%)1 (3.6%)6 (21.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Taylor County - Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Clearfield, Gravity

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

9.39 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Taylor County:

6.26 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.0%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.7%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Taylor County:

15.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Taylor County:

Average size of farms: 388 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $75,831
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $192.57
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 48.84%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $65,061
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 51.88%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $56,804
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.33
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.84%
Corn for grain: 68651 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 140 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 69912 harvested acres
Vegetables: 13 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Taylor County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 4.3 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 20 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/5/1971, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Taylor County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 95% 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 45.5 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 20.8 miles away from the county center
On 3/23/2007 at 08:15:49, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 94.2 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 Taylor County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Metal and metal products (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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




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





Taylor County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,368 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 459 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 100 (3%)
  • Other means: 11 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 260 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

92 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 2005 was $36,981.

5.59% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,731 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.59%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.97% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($13,823 average AGI)
2.62% relocated from other states ($14,908 average AGI)
Taylor County:

2.62%
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 Page County, IA  0.86% ($28,600 average AGI)
from Union County, IA  0.60% ($20,357)


6.03% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($23,191 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.03%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.55% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($14,716 average AGI)
2.48% relocated to other states ($8,482 average AGI)
Taylor County:

2.48%
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 Page County, IA  0.86% ($22,100 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.56% ($20,846)
to Union County, IA  0.43% ($34,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3

Births per 1000 population in Taylor County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Taylor County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Taylor County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,595 (1,453 aged, 142 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1103.720
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1965.530

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.96
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 45.36

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,221

Size of family households: 957 2-persons, 309 3-persons, 260 4-persons, 130 5-persons, 66 6-persons, 25 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 796 1-person, 117 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

95.4% of residents of Taylor County speak English at home.
4.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (67% speak English very well, 33% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (80% speak English very well, 20% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $51,127,000 ($7643 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $566,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $19,125,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,716,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,902,000
Federal grants: $8,391,000
Federal procurement contracts: $563,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,430,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $377,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,130,000
Federal Government insurance: $23,041,000

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

Births: 374
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 452
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +29
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -283
Here -43 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Taylor County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.19 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Taylor County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 13
  • 3 rooms: 26
  • 4 rooms: 220
  • 5 rooms: 495
  • 6 rooms: 505
  • 7 rooms: 408
  • 8 rooms: 289
  • 9+ rooms: 206
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 86
  • 4 rooms: 114
  • 5 rooms: 130
  • 6 rooms: 101
  • 7 rooms: 104
  • 8 rooms: 75
  • 9+ rooms: 26
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Taylor County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 87
  • 2 bedrooms: 617
  • 3 bedrooms: 967
  • 4 bedrooms: 412
  • 5+ bedrooms: 79
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 137
  • 2 bedrooms: 217
  • 3 bedrooms: 182
  • 4 bedrooms: 90
  • 5+ bedrooms: 30
Cars and other vehicles available in Taylor County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 66
  • 1 vehicle: 472
  • 2 vehicles: 848
  • 3 vehicles: 527
  • 4 vehicles: 168
  • 5+ vehicles: 83
  • no vehicle: 60
  • 1 vehicle: 255
  • 2 vehicles: 192
  • 3 vehicles: 91
  • 4 vehicles: 45
  • 5+ vehicles: 17

64% of Taylor 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, 47% lived in Iowa.

Taylor County:

63.9%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $20,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Taylor County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (40.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.4%)
  • Electricity (10.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.6%)
  • Wood (4.6%)
  • Utility gas (35.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34.2%)
  • Electricity (23.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.3%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 17
Here:

2.1%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3
Here:

0.7%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 10
Here:

5.3%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Taylor County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Taylor County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Taylor County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Taylor County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Taylor County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6679.1 years
Mary6683.7 years
William4978.0 years
Robert4473.0 years
Helen4083.1 years
George3980.4 years
Charles3878.9 years
Ruth3787.0 years
James3576.8 years
Kenneth3175.4 years
Most common last names in Taylor County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown4978.2 years
Miller3778.3 years
Smith3781.2 years
Thompson2984.3 years
Jones2379.0 years
Stephens2181.2 years
Wilson2083.5 years
Moore2077.9 years
Wurster2082.8 years
Johnson2076.6 years

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