Winnebago County, Iowa (IA)

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County population in 2012: 10,600 (34% urban, 66% rural); it was 11,723 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,954
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,517
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,614
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,126 (it was 1,135 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

28%

Land area: 400 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 27 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Winnebago County: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (31.6%), Educational, health and social services (31.6%), Retail trade (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 46%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 54%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Winnebago County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.3%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.7%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 5,383  (52.7%)
Females: 5,483  (47.3%)
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Winnebago County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Winnebago County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,942 ($38,381 in 1999)

This county:

$45942
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $407 (lower quartile is $303, upper quartile is $508)
This county:

$407
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $93,822 (it was $64,200 in 2000)
Winnebago:

$93,822
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,924 - $137,741
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $908
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $393

Institutionalized population: 196

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:

  • 2007: 14 buildings, average cost: $178,100
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $233,300
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $300,000

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,326 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,166 (1.3%)

Winnebago County household income distribution in 2009 Winnebago County home values distribution Winnebago County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.4%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.6% for Black residents, 26.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.6%
Winnebago County:

11.6%
Iowa:

12.7%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 9.6% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 57 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Winnebago County is $396 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $636 a month.

Cities in this county include: Forest City, Lake Mills, Buffalo Center, Thompson, Leland, Rake, Scarville.

Winnebago 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 Winnebago County: Norman (A), Mount Valley (B), Three Fingers Campground (C), Rice Lake Golf and Country Club (D), Neils Spur (E), Holtan Farm Museum (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Winnebago County include: Trinity Church (A), Bethel Church (B), Center Church (C), Winnebago Church (D), Grant Church (E), Lime Creek Church (F), Linden Church (G), West Prairie Lutheran Church (H), North Prairie Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Salem Memorial Cemetery (1), East Lutheran Cemetery (2), Synod Cemetery (3), Forest Home Cemetery (4), Graceland Cemetery (5), West Prairie Cemetery (6), Immanuel Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Harmon Lake (A), Rice Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Buffalo Creek (A), Pike Run (B), Lime Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Winnebago County include: Rice Lake State Park (1), Gruis Recreation Area (2), Thorpe Park (3), Russ Wildlife Area (4), Dahle Park (5), Quam Wildlife Area (6), Luke Rossiter Wildlife Area (7), Grant Township Wildlife Area (8), Lande River Conservation Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Cerro Gordo County , Faribault County, Minnesota , Freeborn County, Minnesota , Hancock County , Kossuth County , Worth County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.7%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 567
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 215 (10% naturalized citizens)

Winnebago County:

1.8%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 151
  • 1990 to 1994: 34
  • 1985 to 1989: 5
  • 1980 to 1984: 3
  • 1975 to 1979: 6
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 16

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.6%

Winnebago County marital status for males Winnebago County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Winnebago County with a mortgage: 1,643 (169 second mortgage, 178 home equity loan, 6 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,333

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Winnebago County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7,24714
Evangelical Protestant91715
Catholic8103
Other5-
None1,887-
Winnebago 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: 3
Winnebago County:

2.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Winnebago County:

4.58 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
This county:

10.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Winnebago County:

8.5%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Winnebago County:

27.0%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.1%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Winnebago County:

Average size of farms: 381 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $155,036
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $258.37
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.86%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $140,166
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 88.46%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $112,511
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 51 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.69
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.83%
Corn for grain: 114913 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 93780 harvested acres
Vegetables: 240 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 6 acres

Tornado activity:

Winnebago County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 1893826.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/26/1984, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Winnebago County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 196.1 miles away from Winnebago County center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 289.8 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 203.9 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 264.5 miles away from the county center
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 456.5 miles away from Winnebago County center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 279.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Winnebago County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (33%)
  • Mexico (18%)
  • Venezuela (11%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • El Salvador (7%)
  • Taiwan (5%)
  • Other South Central Asia (5%)

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

  • Norwegian (41%)
  • German (34%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • English (3%)
  • Swedish (2%)
  • Danish (1%)

Winnebago County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,271 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 851 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Taxi: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 411 (7%)
  • Other means: 25 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 385 (6%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 287 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 195 people in nursing homes
  • 37 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 289 people in college/university student housing
  • 190 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 6 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,330.

5.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,186 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.07% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($21,909 average AGI)
2.48% relocated from other states ($14,281 average AGI)
Winnebago County:

2.48%
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 Hancock County, IA  0.64% ($28,679 average AGI)
from Cerro Gordo County, IA  0.60% ($69,462)
from Worth County, IA  0.41% ($32,556)
from Freeborn County, MN  0.32% ($28,143)
from Kossuth County, IA  0.25% ($30,636)
from Faribault County, MN  0.25% ($41,909)


5.81% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,563 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.45% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($18,697 average AGI)
2.36% relocated to other states ($11,866 average AGI)
Winnebago County:

2.36%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  0.73% ($26,250 average AGI)
to Hancock County, IA  0.43% ($40,842)
to Worth County, IA  0.39% ($28,588)
to Freeborn County, MN  0.27% ($24,583)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Winnebago County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Winnebago County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Winnebago County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,467 (2,270 aged, 197 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 907.410
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 951.460
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.81

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 58.67
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 52.86

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 17.62

Household type by relationship:

Households: 10,378

Size of family households: 1,594 2-persons, 539 3-persons, 452 4-persons, 215 5-persons, 74 6-persons, 35 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,456 1-person, 191 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 19 4-persons.

2,220 married couples with children.
501 single-parent households (110 men, 391 women).

95.1% of residents of Winnebago County speak English at home.
2.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 32% speak English not well).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (53% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $70,622,000 ($6200 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $955,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $30,949,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,307,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,684,000
Federal grants: $11,221,000
Federal procurement contracts: $682,000 ($3,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,778,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,840,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,888,000
Federal Government insurance: $52,939,000

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

Births: 592
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 690
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +135
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -397
Here -35 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Winnebago County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.61 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 50
  • 2000 to 2004: 169
  • 1990 to 1999: 327
  • 1980 to 1989: 442
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,101
  • 1960 to 1969: 633
  • 1950 to 1959: 630
  • 1940 to 1949: 216
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,606
Rooms in houses/apartments in Winnebago County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 46
  • 4 rooms: 270
  • 5 rooms: 703
  • 6 rooms: 808
  • 7 rooms: 699
  • 8 rooms: 533
  • 9+ rooms: 541
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 73
  • 3 rooms: 216
  • 4 rooms: 272
  • 5 rooms: 196
  • 6 rooms: 162
  • 7 rooms: 96
  • 8 rooms: 57
  • 9+ rooms: 52
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Winnebago County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 87
  • 2 bedrooms: 839
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,690
  • 4 bedrooms: 817
  • 5+ bedrooms: 179
  • no bedroom: 27
  • 1 bedroom: 257
  • 2 bedrooms: 433
  • 3 bedrooms: 284
  • 4 bedrooms: 114
  • 5+ bedrooms: 20
Cars and other vehicles available in Winnebago County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 92
  • 1 vehicle: 893
  • 2 vehicles: 1,658
  • 3 vehicles: 698
  • 4 vehicles: 186
  • 5+ vehicles: 87
  • no vehicle: 164
  • 1 vehicle: 542
  • 2 vehicles: 261
  • 3 vehicles: 103
  • 4 vehicles: 43
  • 5+ vehicles: 22

62% of Winnebago 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, 63% lived in Iowa.

Winnebago 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: $27,500


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 Winnebago County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (55.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.2%)
  • Electricity (5.1%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (54.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.1%)
  • Electricity (17.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.8%)
  • No fuel used (1.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Wood (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 35
Here:

2.6%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 18
Here:

2.2%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 326
Here:

61.4%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Winnebago County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Financial Administration: $1,270,000
    Regular Highways: $38,000
  • Current Operations - Health Services - Other: $1,685,000
    Regular Highways: $1,564,000
    Police Protection: $751,000
    Financial Administration: $677,000
    Parks & Recreation: $283,000
    Housing & Community Development: $268,000
    Central Staff Services: $233,000
    General - Other: $195,000
    Solid Waste Management: $175,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $134,000
    General Public Buildings: $99,000
    Welfare - Other: $99,000
    Corrections - Other: $97,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $76,000
    Libraries: $55,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $28,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $9,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $5,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Hospitals: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,127,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,532,000

Winnebago County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $161,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $588,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $401,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $150,000
    Special Assessments: $94,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $91,000
    Rents: $14,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,704,000
    General Support: $780,000
    Health & Hospitals: $425,000
    Public Welfare: $345,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,778,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $82,000
    NEC: $5,000

Winnebago County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $5,035,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Winnebago County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Winnebago County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Winnebago County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John11078.5 years
Anna7687.8 years
George4980.9 years
Mary4782.0 years
Henry4681.0 years
Clara4586.7 years
Robert4573.7 years
James4475.2 years
Helen4379.6 years
William4279.3 years
Most common last names in Winnebago County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson9280.4 years
Peterson9178.7 years
Olson8780.9 years
Anderson7081.3 years
Larson6779.8 years
Thompson6681.3 years
Nelson6277.8 years
Hanson4482.3 years
Charlson2981.9 years
Hagen2782.1 years

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