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Van Meter township, IA map Land area: 39.6 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.5 sq. mi.
Population: 3,061 (all rural)
Males: 1,511  (49.4%)
Females: 1,550  (50.6%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 3,061 (2,718 owner occupied, 343 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

11%
State:

28%


Races in Van Meter township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 98.1%
  • Black: 0.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 0.3%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0.9%
  • Two or more races: 0.2%

Median age of males: 36.6
Median age of females: 36.7

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Average household size: 2.68

Van Meter township:

2.7 people
Iowa:

2.5 people

Average family size: 3.07

Estimated median household income in 2009: $62,830 ($51,616 in 1999)
This township:

$62,830
Iowa:

$48,044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $496 (lower quartile is $410, upper quartile is $618)
Here:

$496
State:

$496

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $163,831 (it was $94,500 in 2000)
Van Meter township:

$163,831
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $118,044 - $254,902

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $187,978
Here:

$187,978
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $129,397
Here:

$129,397
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $66,004
Here:

$66,004
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $14,653
Here:

$14,653
State:

$135,565

Mobile homes: $32,078
Here:

$32,078
State:

$29,315
Population density: 77 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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

4.3%
Whole state:

9.1%

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

2.7%
Whole state:

3.8%

Cities in this township include: De Soto, Van Meter.


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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in Van Meter township: Puckerbrush Access (A), Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakland Cemetery (1), Otterman Cemetery (2), Clayton Cemetery (3), Thornton Cemetery (4), Van Meter Cemetery (5), Williams Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Bulger Creek (A), South Raccoon River (B), North Raccoon River (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Van Meter township include: Trindle Park (1), Two Rivers Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 24 (54% naturalized citizens)

Van Meter township:  0.8%
State:  3.1%

58% of Van Meter township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 78% lived in Iowa.

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

  • This state: 2407
  • Northeast: 13
  • Midwest: 343
  • South: 96
  • West: 139

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $120,800

Van Meter township, Iowa satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 5.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 856
  • One, attached: 29
  • Two: 11
  • 3 or 4: 43
  • 5 to 9: 8
  • 10 to 19: 11
  • Mobile homes: 221

Median worth of mobile homes: $12,300


Housing units in Van Meter township with a mortgage: 460 (43 second mortgage, 75 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 142

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 40
  • 1995 to 1998: 94
  • 1990 to 1994: 116
  • 1980 to 1989: 153
  • 1970 to 1979: 360
  • 1960 to 1969: 106
  • 1950 to 1959: 46
  • 1940 to 1949: 22
  • 1939 or earlier: 242

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Van Meter township, Iowa:

  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 26
  • 4 rooms: 123
  • 5 rooms: 180
  • 6 rooms: 177
  • 7 rooms: 168
  • 8 rooms: 125
  • 9 or more rooms: 155

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Van Meter township, Iowa:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 26
  • 4 rooms: 45
  • 5 rooms: 45
  • 6 rooms: 10
  • 7 rooms: 5
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9 or more rooms: 7

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Van Meter township:

  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 17
  • 2 bedrooms: 212
  • 3 bedrooms: 522
  • 4 bedrooms: 154
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 55

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Van Meter township:

  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 41
  • 2 bedrooms: 66
  • 3 bedrooms: 42
  • 4 bedrooms: 8
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 0

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

  • no vehicle: 15
  • 1 vehicle: 152
  • 2 vehicles: 471
  • 3 vehicles: 213
  • 4 vehicles: 94
  • 5 or more vehicles: 22

Cars and other vehicles available in Van Meter township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 12
  • 1 vehicle: 89
  • 2 vehicles: 39
  • 3 vehicles: 18
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 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 (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (3%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Finance and insurance (25%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%)
  • Top executives (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Customer service representatives (4%)
  • Accountants and auditors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Cashiers (3%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Van Meter township:

  • German (31.2%)
  • English (13.9%)
  • Irish (12.0%)
  • United States or American (10.4%)
  • Norwegian (4.2%)
  • Swedish (4.1%)
  • Danish (2.9%)

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

  • Germany (29%)
  • United Kingdom (25%)
  • Philippines (17%)
  • Mexico (13%)
  • Greece (8%)
  • Canada (8%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,358 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 204 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 42 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 89 (5%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (50%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (35%)
  • Electricity (12%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

98.1% of residents of Van Meter township speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 43% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (92% speak English very well, 8% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (43% speak English very well, 57% speak English well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,027
  • In family households: 2,690 (692 male householders, 164 female householders)
    741 spouses, 966 children (916 natural, 10 adopted, 40 stepchildren), 24 grandchildren, 7 brothers or sisters, 2 parents, 43 other relatives, 51 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 337 (111 male householders (72 living alone)), 132 female householders (115 living alone)), 94 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 379 2-persons, 163 3-persons, 198 4-persons, 88 5-persons, 25 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 187 1-person, 49 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 4 6-persons,

704 married couples with children.
123 single-parent households (26 men, 97 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 12
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2
Here:

1.2%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

23.3%
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 Van Meter township:

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