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Van Buren County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 7,468 (all rural); it was 7,809 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,301
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,224
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,524
Renter-occupied apartments: 583 (it was 657 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

28%

Land area: 485 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 15 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Van Buren County: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (36.4%), Educational, health and social services (22.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 31%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 39%
  • Unpaid family work: 27%
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Races in Van Buren County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (97.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
  • Asian alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 3,754  (50.3%)
Females: 3,714  (49.7%)
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Van Buren County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Van Buren County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $46,428 ($31,094 in 1999)

This county:

$46,428
Iowa:

$54,736

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $324 (lower quartile is $174, upper quartile is $419)
This county:

$324
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $80,375 (it was $49,100 in 2000)
Van Buren:

$80,375
Iowa:

$136,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,410 - $129,958
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $939
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $380

Institutionalized population: 62

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 7
  • Burglaries: 26
  • Thefts: 43
  • Auto thefts: 5

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 25
  • Thefts: 37
  • Auto thefts: 10
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $160,000
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $145,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2014: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,354 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,092 (1.5%)

Van Buren County household income distribution in 2009 Van Buren County home values distribution Van Buren County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.9%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.0% for Black residents, 18.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 59.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.5%
Van Buren County:

14.5%
Iowa:

12.2%
(13.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.1% for Black residents, 18.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 41.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 12 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 51 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 17 years old, Other race residents: 10 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Van Buren 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: Keosauqua, Farmington, Milton, Bonaparte, Birmingham, Stockport, Cantril, Douds, Leando, Mount Sterling.

Van Buren County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Van Buren County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.038 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 18.5 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.5 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

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

Churches in Van Buren 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 Van Buren 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 , Davis County , Fremont County , Jay County, Indiana , Mills County , Mercer County, Missouri , Montgomery County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.8%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 171
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 49 (67% naturalized citizens)

Van Buren County:

0.6%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2
  • 1990 to 1994: 5
  • 1985 to 1989: 9
  • 1980 to 1984: 8
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 23
Note: State values scaled to Van Buren County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 60.6%

Van Buren County marital status for males Van Buren County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,827
  • One, attached: 45
  • Two: 42
  • 3 or 4: 170
  • 5 to 9: 32
  • 10 to 19: 2
  • 20 or more: 7
  • Mobile homes: 451
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 5

Housing units in Van Buren County with a mortgage: 664 (29 second mortgage, 31 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 763

Here:

46.5% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Van Buren County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,41116
Evangelical Protestant1,38513
Catholic2351
None4,539-
Van Buren 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: 5
Van Buren County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Van Buren County:

11.73 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Van Buren County:

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Van Buren County:

27.3%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.0%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Van Buren County:

Average size of farms: 291 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $55,026
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $168.22
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.14%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.47%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,817
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 47.79%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $72,611
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.08%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.71
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.73%
Corn for grain: 44222 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1040 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 45817 harvested acres
Vegetables: 13 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Van Buren County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 1313041.5 times below 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:

Van Buren County-area historical earthquake activity is near 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 268.2 miles away from Van Buren 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 253.5 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 279.1 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 293.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 268.8 miles away from Van Buren County center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 253.3 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, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 17, 2013 to April 30, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4119: May 31, 2013, FEMA Id: 4119, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 01, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1930: July 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1930, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 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 Storm, Incident Period: December 10, 2007 to December 11, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1737: January 04, 2008, FEMA Id: 1737, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 17, 2007 to September 05, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1727: September 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1727, Natural disaster type: Storm, 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 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 SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 24, 1974, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-443: June 24, 1974, FEMA Id: 443, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: May 23, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-386: May 23, 1973, FEMA Id: 386, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Van Buren County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (19%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

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

  • Korea (22%)
  • Germany (16%)
  • Greece (16%)
  • United Kingdom (10%)
  • Philippines (10%)
  • Costa Rica (8%)
  • Italy (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Van Buren County (%):

  • United States or American (31%)
  • German (24%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Dutch (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Van Buren County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,601 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 559 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 149 (4%)
  • Other means: 34 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 343 (9%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Van Buren County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 84 people in nursing homes
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 3 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
61 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
35 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $41,388.

5.40% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,845 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.40%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.61% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($18,851 average AGI)
1.79% relocated from other states ($12,993 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

1.79%
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 Jefferson County, IA  1.06% ($26,552 average AGI)
from Lee County, IA  0.47% ($33,077)
from Wapello County, IA  0.47% ($22,615)


5.47% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,447 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.47%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.75% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($21,527 average AGI)
1.71% relocated to other states ($8,920 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

1.71%
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 Jefferson County, IA  0.95% ($34,000 average AGI)
to Henry County, IA  0.44% ($19,000)
to Lee County, IA  0.40% ($23,182)
to Wapello County, IA  0.40% ($33,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Births per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Van Buren County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,679 (1,461 aged, 218 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 128 (7%)

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 Van Buren County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (149)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (140)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (108)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (65)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (56)
  • Senility (49)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (42)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (37)
  • Unspecified dementia (30)
  • Malignant neoplasm of prostate (29)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 12.97
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11,725
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 324
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 31,971

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,130
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,400

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 13
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 51

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,473
  • In family households: 6,254 (1,657 male householders, 401 female householders)
    1,721 spouses, 2,121 children (1,936 natural, 73 adopted, 112 stepchildren), 106 grandchildren, 35 brothers or sisters, 27 parents, 28 other relatives, 140 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 1,219 (534 male householders (443 living alone)), 516 female householders (463 living alone)), 169 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 97 (62 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 1,071 2-persons, 379 3-persons, 342 4-persons, 141 5-persons, 60 6-persons, 65 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 906 1-person, 126 2-persons, 11 3-persons, 7 4-persons.

1,476 married couples with children.
339 single-parent households (118 men, 221 women).

94.8% of residents of Van Buren County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
4.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (55% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $49,984,000 ($6,483 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $918,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $23,340,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,432,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,213,000
Federal grants: $6,782,000
Federal procurement contracts: $614,000 ($18,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,603,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $555,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,366,000
Federal Government insurance: $20,898,000

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

Births: 459
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 491
Here:

63 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: +21
Here +3 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Van Buren County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.09 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 0
  • 2010 to 2013: 37
  • 2000 to 2009: 248
  • 1990 to 1999: 334
  • 1980 to 1989: 426
  • 1970 to 1979: 478
  • 1960 to 1969: 247
  • 1950 to 1959: 228
  • 1940 to 1949: 142
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,518
Note: State values scaled to Van Buren population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Van Buren County population
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 80
  • 4 rooms: 257
  • 5 rooms: 604
  • 6 rooms: 594
  • 7 rooms: 422
  • 8 rooms: 323
  • 9+ rooms: 229
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 19
  • 3 rooms: 145
  • 4 rooms: 129
  • 5 rooms: 98
  • 6 rooms: 136
  • 7 rooms: 47
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 41
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Van Buren County population
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 113
  • 2 bedrooms: 742
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,179
  • 4 bedrooms: 376
  • 5+ bedrooms: 106
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 185
  • 2 bedrooms: 206
  • 3 bedrooms: 160
  • 4 bedrooms: 80
  • 5+ bedrooms: 19
Cars and other vehicles available in Van Buren County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Van Buren County population
  • no vehicle: 108
  • 1 vehicle: 614
  • 2 vehicles: 973
  • 3 vehicles: 583
  • 4 vehicles: 169
  • 5+ vehicles: 77
  • no vehicle: 65
  • 1 vehicle: 290
  • 2 vehicles: 222
  • 3 vehicles: 67
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

65% of Van Buren 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, 67% lived in Iowa.

Van Buren County:

65.2%
State average:

57.7%

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

  • This state: 6,225
  • Northeast: 106
  • Midwest: 1,056
  • South: 178
  • West: 182

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $22,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Van Buren County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (58.0%)
  • Utility gas (22.6%)
  • Electricity (8.4%)
  • Wood (8.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (42.8%)
  • Electricity (31.5%)
  • Utility gas (18.1%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 136
Here:

14.6%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 21
Here:

4.6%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

11.5%
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)

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Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Van Buren County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $350,000
  • Current Operations - Own Hospitals: $7,493,000
    Regular Highways: $1,814,000
    Police Protection: $618,000
    Financial Administration: $541,000
    Welfare - Other: $262,000
    Health Services - Other: $261,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $248,000
    Central Staff Services: $202,000
    Parks & Recreation: $181,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $97,000
    General - Other: $95,000
    Solid Waste Management: $81,000
    General Public Buildings: $54,000
    Corrections - Other: $38,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $21,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $141,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $67,000
    Libraries: $16,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $113,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Own Hospitals: $391,000
    Financial Administration: $186,000
    Regular Highways: $175,000
    Police Protection: $41,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,764,000

Van Buren County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $7,493,000
    All Other: $123,000
    Parks & Recreation: $28,000
    Solid Waste Management: $13,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $79,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $113,000
    General Support: $111,000
    All Other: $26,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $186,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $141,000
    Rents: $40,000
    Property Sale Other: $8,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,059,000
    Public Welfare: $268,000
    General Support: $243,000
    Health & Hospitals: $100,000
    All Other: $66,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,888,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $46,000

Van Buren County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,393,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $2,288,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $105,000

Van Buren County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $4,000,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 133
  • Number of aged recipients: 15
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 118
  • Number of recipients under 18: 14
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 90
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 29
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 70
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 50
Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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Most common first names in Van Buren County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert6072.3 years
Mary5881.0 years
William5577.8 years
James5378.4 years
John4779.0 years
Charles4575.8 years
Ruth4180.8 years
Helen3877.8 years
George3879.3 years
Hazel3785.2 years
Most common last names in Van Buren County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller5479.6 years
Smith4078.1 years
Brown2781.2 years
Wilson2576.7 years
Nelson2575.3 years
Williams2479.5 years
Davis2077.7 years
Anderson2076.9 years
Johnson1878.6 years
Johnston1882.9 years

Van Buren County on our top lists:

  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"