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Tama township, IA map Land area: 19.1 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.9 sq. mi.
Population: 1,124 (39% urban, 61% rural)
Males: 570  (50.7%)
Females: 554  (49.3%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 1,124 (1,030 owner occupied, 94 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

8%
State:

28%


Races in Tama township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 97.7%
  • Black: 0.7%
  • Asian: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 0.8%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 43.3
Median age of females: 42.6

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Average household size: 2.39

Tama township:

2.4 people
Iowa:

2.5 people

Average family size: 2.82

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,906 ($31,962 in 1999)
This township:

$38,906
Iowa:

$48,044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $349 (lower quartile is $293, upper quartile is $415)
Here:

$349
State:

$496

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $66,723 (it was $49,100 in 2000)
Tama township:

$66,723
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $54,222 - $132,989

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $132,813
Here:

$132,813
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $53,766
Here:

$53,766
State:

$156,028

Mobile homes: $93,126
Here:

$93,126
State:

$29,315
Population density: 59 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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

21.7%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

8.6%
Whole state:

3.8%

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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in Tama township: Flint Hills Golf Course (A), Tama Beach Access (B), Edgewater Beach Access (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chief Tama Grave (1), Criner Cemetery (2), Meyers Family Plot (3), Wykerts Cemetery (4), Steingreaber Family Plot (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Dumbbell Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cottonwood Drain (A), Yellow Spring Creek (B), Otter Slough (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Tama township include: Starr's Cave Nature Center (1), Flint Hills Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 156 (11% naturalized citizens)

Tama township:  13.9%
State:  3.1%

67% of Tama township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 82% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Iowa.

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

  • This state: 4580
  • Northeast: 173
  • Midwest: 47
  • South: 369
  • West: 49
Tama township, Iowa satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 5.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 786
  • One, attached: 7
  • 10 to 19: 7
  • Mobile homes: 1,365

Median worth of mobile homes: $34,500


Housing units in Tama township with a mortgage: 277 (41 second mortgage, 55 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 268

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 85
  • 1995 to 1998: 434
  • 1990 to 1994: 244
  • 1980 to 1989: 445
  • 1970 to 1979: 501
  • 1960 to 1969: 199
  • 1950 to 1959: 166
  • 1940 to 1949: 48
  • 1939 or earlier: 43

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Tama township, Iowa:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 112
  • 4 rooms: 239
  • 5 rooms: 544
  • 6 rooms: 304
  • 7 rooms: 188
  • 8 rooms: 86
  • 9 or more rooms: 32

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Tama township, Iowa:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 32
  • 3 rooms: 11
  • 4 rooms: 181
  • 5 rooms: 133
  • 6 rooms: 72
  • 7 rooms: 0
  • 8 rooms: 0
  • 9 or more rooms: 15

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Tama township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 68
  • 2 bedrooms: 381
  • 3 bedrooms: 966
  • 4 bedrooms: 70
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 35

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Tama township:

  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 34
  • 2 bedrooms: 188
  • 3 bedrooms: 196
  • 4 bedrooms: 15
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 0

Cars and other vehicles available in Tama township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 41
  • 1 vehicle: 404
  • 2 vehicles: 652
  • 3 vehicles: 275
  • 4 vehicles: 106
  • 5 or more vehicles: 42

Cars and other vehicles available in Tama township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 115
  • 1 vehicle: 257
  • 2 vehicles: 41
  • 3 vehicles: 31
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5 or more vehicles: 0

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (20%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (10%)
  • Food (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Apparel (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (13%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Apparel (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (5%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Electricians (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Tama township:

  • United States or American (24.8%)
  • Irish (5.3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4.6%)
  • English (4.0%)
  • German (2.7%)
  • Scottish (2.3%)
  • Italian (1.1%)

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

  • Mexico (88%)
  • Germany (12%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,833 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 479 (20%)
  • Subway or elevated: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 67 (3%)
  • Other means: 22 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 20 (1%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (64%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
  • Utility gas (3%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

96.0% of residents of Tama township speak English at home.
3.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (23% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 41% speak English not well, 27% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 19% speak English not well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,379
  • In family households: 4,706 (1,059 male householders, 366 female householders)
    1,041 spouses, 1,914 children (1,769 natural, 22 adopted, 123 stepchildren), 94 grandchildren, 34 brothers or sisters, 22 parents, 67 other relatives, 109 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 673 (295 male householders (233 living alone)), 230 female householders (188 living alone)), 148 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 484 2-persons, 393 3-persons, 341 4-persons, 126 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 16 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 421 1-person, 87 2-persons, 17 4-persons,

186 married couples with children.
33 single-parent households (13 men, 20 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

5.0%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

3.8%
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.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Tama township:

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