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County population in 2012: 21,914 (31% urban, 69% rural); it was 20,670 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,205
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,334
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,069
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,202 (it was 1,987 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

28%

Land area: 569 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 38 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Washington County: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.2%), Manufacturing (14.9%), Retail trade (11.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  41.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 10,626  (45.9%)
Females: 11,078  (54.1%)

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Washington County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Washington County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $47,598 ($39,103 in 1999)
This county:

$47598
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $432 (lower quartile is $322, upper quartile is $515)
This county:

$432
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $124,107 (it was $84,200 in 2000)
Washington County:

$124,107
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $82,138 - $180,653

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $154,508
Here:

$154,508
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $153,996
Here:

$153,996
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $309,593
Here:

$309,593
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $557,643
Here:

$557,643
State:

$135,565

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $72,696
Here:

$72,696
State:

$110,680

Mobile homes: $62,994
Here:

$62,994
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,086
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $356

Institutionalized population: 296

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:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,426 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,482 (1.3%)


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


Washington County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.3%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 57.6% for Black residents, 27.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.6% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 8.2% for other race residents, 29.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 26 years old, American Indian residents: 38 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

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

7.6%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.6%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Washington County is $397 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $504 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $643 a month.

Cities in this county include: Washington, Kalona, Wellman, Riverside, Brighton, Ainsworth, Crawfordsville, West Chester.

Washington County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: co.washington.ia.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Washington County: Yalton (A), Davis Creek (B), White Ash (C), Dublin (D), Dairy (E), Clay (F), Valley (G), Banker Mill Dairy (H), Pilotsburg (I), Coppock Access (J), Brighton Boat Access (K), Grace Hill (L), Rubio (M), Windmill Ridge Camp Ground (N), Kalona Golf Course (O), Wellman Golf Course (P), McKain State Access Area (Q), Wellman Volunteer Ambulance Service (R), Wellman Volunteer Fire Department (S), Johnson County Home (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Sycamore Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Washington County include: Prairie Flower Baptist Church (A), Salem Church (B), Bethel Church (C), Eicher Emmanuel Church (D), Fern Cliff Church (E), Pleasant Hill Church (F), Rubio Friends Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oak Ridge Cemetery (1), Bethel Cemetery (2), Pilot Grove Cemetery (3), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (4), Pleasant Plain Cemetery (5), Bucker Hill Cemetery (6), Richmond Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Wallrich Lake (A), Lily Pond (B), Sunrise Lake (C), Horseshoe Lake (D), Lake Darling (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Birch Creek (A), Bulgers Run (B), Camp Creek (C), Cedar Creek (D), Clemons Creek (E), Deer Creek (F), Dutch Creek (G), South Fork Long Creek (H), South English River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Washington County include: Brinton Timbers Park (1), Samuel Lewis Historical Marker (2), Wellman City Park (3), English River Wildlife Area (4), Statler Woods (5), Clemmons Creek Wildlife Area (6), Crawford Pond Park (7), Sockum Ridge County Park (8), Fern Cliff County Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Henry County , Iowa County , Jefferson County , Johnson County , Keokuk County , Louisa County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 584
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 310 (26% naturalized citizens)

Washington County:

1.5%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 61.8%

Washington County marital status for males
Washington County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Washington County with a mortgage: 2,715 (301 second mortgage, 265 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,663

Here:

62.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 56.16%
Here56.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 11,609
Total congregations: 53

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Mennonite Church USAAmerican Baptist Churches in the USA
Adherents2,914 (25.1%)2,483 (21.4%)1,223 (10.5%)1,086 (9.4%)679 (5.8%)
Congregations3 (5.7%)8 (15.1%)5 (9.4%)6 (11.3%)3 (5.7%)
NameConservative Mennonite ConferenceOld Order AmishEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents627 (5.4%)621 (5.3%)590 (5.1%)470 (4.0%)916 (7.9%)
Congregations3 (5.7%)9 (17.0%)1 (1.9%)3 (5.7%)12 (22.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Washington County - Washington, Kalona, Wellman, Riverside, Brighton

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Washington County:

0.94 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

5.65 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Washington County:

8.48 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.8%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.3%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Washington County:

13.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Washington County:

Average size of farms: 279 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $145,682
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $256.25
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.26%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 65.28%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $122,587
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 70.80%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $113,339
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 79.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.61
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.01%
Corn for grain: 119703 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 790 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 101560 harvested acres
Vegetables: 22 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 125 acres

Tornado activity:

Washington County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 2.2 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 48 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/15/1998, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 47 people and caused $15 million in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Washington County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)

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




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





Washington County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,690 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 1,455 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 39 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 28 (0%)
  • Walked: 392 (4%)
  • Other means: 59 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 953 (9%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

People in group quarters in Washington County, Iowa in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $46,106.

5.86% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,318 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.28% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($23,465 average AGI)
1.58% relocated from other states ($10,854 average AGI)
Washington County:

1.58%
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 Johnson County, IA  1.73% ($35,827 average AGI)
from Henry County, IA  0.40% ($24,281)
from Linn County, IA  0.26% ($30,810)
from Keokuk County, IA  0.22% ($28,500)
from Louisa County, IA  0.21% ($27,059)
from Iowa County, IA  0.17% ($25,571)
from Muscatine County, IA  0.16% ($23,846)


6.16% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,274 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.16%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.48% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($22,465 average AGI)
1.69% relocated to other states ($9,809 average AGI)
Washington County:

1.69%
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 Johnson County, IA  1.85% ($32,047 average AGI)
to Linn County, IA  0.43% ($27,629)
to Henry County, IA  0.37% ($26,767)
to Keokuk County, IA  0.36% ($32,345)
to Jefferson County, IA  0.16% ($22,769)
to Polk County, IA  0.16% ($27,769)
to Louisa County, IA  0.15% ($27,167)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.3

Births per 1000 population in Washington County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Washington County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Washington County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,086 (3,710 aged, 376 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.69
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8732.390
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 319.250
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 23572.77

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1328.240
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1132.500
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.66

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 38.16
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 55.93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 23.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 21,394

Size of family households: 2,894 2-persons, 1,127 3-persons, 1,045 4-persons, 485 5-persons, 180 6-persons, 143 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,450 1-person, 344 2-persons, 46 3-persons, 21 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

93.4% of residents of Washington County speak English at home.
2.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
3.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 43% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $114,940,000 ($5396 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,357,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $53,300,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $22,646,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $16,452,000
Federal grants: $13,436,000
Federal procurement contracts: $809,000 ($30,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $8,296,000 ($4,933,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,369,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,845,000
Federal Government insurance: $49,524,000

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

Births: 1,618
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,201
Here:

56 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +77
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +324
Here +15 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Washington County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.53 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Washington County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 111
  • 4 rooms: 529
  • 5 rooms: 1,096
  • 6 rooms: 1,453
  • 7 rooms: 1,197
  • 8 rooms: 824
  • 9+ rooms: 841
  • 1 room: 28
  • 2 rooms: 177
  • 3 rooms: 379
  • 4 rooms: 486
  • 5 rooms: 332
  • 6 rooms: 172
  • 7 rooms: 190
  • 8 rooms: 103
  • 9+ rooms: 120
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Washington County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 165
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,391
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,755
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,425
  • 5+ bedrooms: 330
  • no bedroom: 40
  • 1 bedroom: 565
  • 2 bedrooms: 694
  • 3 bedrooms: 430
  • 4 bedrooms: 216
  • 5+ bedrooms: 42
Cars and other vehicles available in Washington County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 162
  • 1 vehicle: 1,412
  • 2 vehicles: 2,753
  • 3 vehicles: 1,243
  • 4 vehicles: 348
  • 5+ vehicles: 151
  • no vehicle: 316
  • 1 vehicle: 897
  • 2 vehicles: 531
  • 3 vehicles: 149
  • 4 vehicles: 61
  • 5+ vehicles: 33

62% of Washington County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Iowa.

Washington County:

61.7%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $44,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Washington County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (59.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.8%)
  • Electricity (9.6%)
  • Wood (2.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)
  • Utility gas (44.7%)
  • Electricity (30.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.9%)
  • Wood (1.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 205
Here:

8.3%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 121
Here:

9.3%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 85
Here:

18.0%
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

Washington County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Washington County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Washington County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Washington County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Washington County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary17982.9 years
John17679.5 years
Robert12774.5 years
William11978.5 years
Charles11278.2 years
Helen8384.1 years
James7374.4 years
Ruth7284.3 years
George6981.6 years
Donald6872.6 years
Most common last names in Washington County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller19480.6 years
Yoder14481.7 years
Gingerich6681.0 years
Smith4678.1 years
Davis4580.1 years
Swartzendrub4482.3 years
Johnson3981.2 years
Jones3980.2 years
Bender3781.8 years
Brenneman3583.7 years
Businesses in Washington County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware2Nike1
Ashley Furniture1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack2
Curves2SAS Shoes1
FedEx1Subway2
Goodwill3Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
KFC1True Value1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul2
Lane Furniture2UPS1
McDonald's1Walmart1
New Balance2YMCA1
Browse common businesses in Washington County, IA

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