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Worth County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 7,519 (all rural); it was 7,909 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,429
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,102
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,591
Renter-occupied apartments: 641 (it was 687 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

28%

Land area: 400 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Worth County: 83.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (19.7%), Educational,health and social services (18.5%), Retail trade (12.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Median resident age:  43.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 3,786  (51.7%)
Females: 3,812  (48.3%)

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Worth County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Worth County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $44,361 ($36,444 in 1999)
This county:

$44361
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $340 (lower quartile is $268, upper quartile is $426)
This county:

$340
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $95,661 (it was $60,300 in 2000)
Worth County:

$95,661
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $66,251 - $154,203

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $133,307
Here:

$133,307
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $172,132
Here:

$172,132
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $10,259
Here:

$10,259
State:

$128,390

Mobile homes: $55,021
Here:

$55,021
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,002
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $282

Institutionalized population: 90

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):


Worth 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: $978 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $919 (1.0%)


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


Worth County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.8%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 32.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 59.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 8 years old, American Indian residents: 33 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

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

8.3%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.5%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Worth 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: Northwood, Manly, Fertile, Grafton, Kensett, Joice, Hanlontown.

Worth 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 Worth County: Tenold (A), Lark (B), Nordland (C), Northwood Country Club (D), Silver Lake Access (E), Panicum Prairie (F), Deer Creek Rest Area (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Worth County include: Beaver Creek Church (A), Bethel Church (B), Bristol Church (C), Elk Creek Church (D), Bristol Lutheran Church (E), Silver Lake Church (F), Sion Church (G), Somber Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: North Shell Rock Cemetery (1), Brush Point Cemetery (2), Saint Patricks Cemetery (3), Chapel Hill Cemetery (4), Concordia Cemetery (5), South Shell Rock Cemetery (6), Stateline Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Creeks: Winans Creek (A), Willow Creek (B), Elk Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Worth County include: Rice Lake State Game Management Area (1), Myre Timber (2), Deer Creek Wildlife Area (3), Christianson-Taylor Wildlife Area (4), Land of Two Waters (5), Brights Lake Wildlife Management Area (6), Plymouth Pits Wildlife Area (7), Shellrock Wildlife Area (8), Bliar Creek Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Cerro Gordo County , Freeborn County, Minnesota , Hancock County , Mower County, Minnesota , Mitchell County , Winnebago County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 241
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 85 (54% naturalized citizens)

Worth County:

1.1%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 45.4%

Worth County marital status for males
Worth County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Worth County with a mortgage: 1,137 (89 second mortgage, 66 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 842

Here:

57.5% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 74.74%
Here74.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,911
Total congregations: 16

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents4,249 (71.9%)908 (15.4%)371 (6.3%)244 (4.1%)139 (2.4%)
Congregations10 (62.5%)3 (18.8%)1 (6.3%)1 (6.3%)1 (6.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Worth County - Northwood, Manly, Fertile, Grafton, Kensett

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

6.53 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Worth County:

9.14 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.2%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.6%
Iowa:

27.3%



Agriculture in Worth County:

Average size of farms: 381 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $115,372
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $267.31
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 22.04%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $99,058
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 88.25%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $114,695
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.31%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.44
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 4.91%
Corn for grain: 101592 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 91409 harvested acres
Vegetables: 97 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Worth County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 6.5 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/10/1953, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Worth County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Worth County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,114 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 445 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 14 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 17 (0%)
  • Walked: 149 (4%)
  • Other means: 18 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 249 (6%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


113 people in nursing homes
6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
85 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
5 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $42,313.

5.45% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,944 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.45%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.84% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($19,611 average AGI)
1.62% relocated from other states ($9,333 average AGI)
Worth County:

1.62%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  1.82% ($27,778 average AGI)
from Winnebago County, IA  0.81% ($25,083)


6.77% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,951 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.77%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.01% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($21,471 average AGI)
1.76% relocated to other states ($8,480 average AGI)
Worth County:

1.76%
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 Cerro Gordo County, IA  2.36% ($28,761 average AGI)
to Winnebago County, IA  0.53% ($25,375)
to Mitchell County, IA  0.37% ($38,273)
to Freeborn County, MN  0.33% ($26,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Worth County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Worth County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Worth County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,472 (1,346 aged, 126 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 785.270
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1467.560
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.87

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 25.71
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 51.49

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,508

Size of family households: 1,116 2-persons, 416 3-persons, 384 4-persons, 160 5-persons, 55 6-persons, 18 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 872 1-person, 128 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

96.5% of residents of Worth County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
1.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (32% speak English very well, 38% speak English well, 29% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $50,649,000 ($6565 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $519,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $19,003,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $12,096,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,886,000
Federal grants: $6,172,000
Federal procurement contracts: $497,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,995,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $863,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,247,000
Federal Government insurance: $52,165,000

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

Births: 410
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 545
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +10
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -7
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Worth County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.49 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:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Worth County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 30
  • 4 rooms: 198
  • 5 rooms: 490
  • 6 rooms: 661
  • 7 rooms: 562
  • 8 rooms: 324
  • 9+ rooms: 317
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 32
  • 3 rooms: 131
  • 4 rooms: 127
  • 5 rooms: 112
  • 6 rooms: 140
  • 7 rooms: 65
  • 8 rooms: 42
  • 9+ rooms: 30
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Worth County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 48
  • 2 bedrooms: 618
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,284
  • 4 bedrooms: 540
  • 5+ bedrooms: 99
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 186
  • 2 bedrooms: 224
  • 3 bedrooms: 192
  • 4 bedrooms: 50
  • 5+ bedrooms: 27
Cars and other vehicles available in Worth County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 92
  • 1 vehicle: 547
  • 2 vehicles: 1,082
  • 3 vehicles: 604
  • 4 vehicles: 179
  • 5+ vehicles: 87
  • no vehicle: 102
  • 1 vehicle: 250
  • 2 vehicles: 231
  • 3 vehicles: 59
  • 4 vehicles: 26
  • 5+ vehicles: 19

65% of Worth County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 71% lived in Iowa.

Worth County:

65.1%
State average:

57.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $35,600


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 Worth County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (58.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (36.2%)
  • Electricity (2.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.4%)
  • Wood (1.2%)
  • Utility gas (53.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.1%)
  • Electricity (17.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)
  • Wood (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5
Here:

0.5%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5
Here:

1.1%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 13
Here:

6.7%
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

Worth County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Worth County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Worth County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Worth County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5779.9 years
George3981.2 years
Clarence3680.3 years
Henry3482.6 years
Arthur3277.6 years
William3178.4 years
James3175.5 years
Mary3079.8 years
Clara3087.4 years
Robert2974.3 years
Most common last names in Worth County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson6080.5 years
Anderson4680.5 years
Nelson4276.8 years
Olson3982.6 years
Hanson3079.0 years
Brunsvold2984.2 years
Peterson2578.7 years
Walk2276.0 years
Reyerson1978.3 years
Thompson1979.4 years
Businesses in Worth County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Burger King2Subway1
Holiday Inn1True Value1
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