Clear Lake, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 7,562 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -7.3%
 
Males: 3,530  (46.7%)
Females: 4,032  (53.3%)
Median resident age:

44.6 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50428.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $52,082 (it was $35,097 in 2000)
Clear Lake:

$52,082
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $31,711 (it was $20,213 in 2000)

Clear Lake city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $161,268 (it was $88,800 in 2000)
Clear Lake:

$161,268
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $162,756; detached houses: $166,124; townhouses or other attached units: $202,040; in 2-unit structures: $106,388; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $180,048; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $157,704; mobile homes: $29,611

Median gross rent in 2017: $657.

March 2019 cost of living index in Clear Lake: 78.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 14.4%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.7% for Black residents, 64.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 70.2% for other race residents, 64.2% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Clear Lake, IA (2017)
    • 7,02290.7%White alone
    • 4155.4%Hispanic
    • 1501.9%Asian alone
    • 590.8%Black alone
    • 230.3%American Indian alone
    • 120.2%Other race alone
    • 160.2%Two or more races

Races in Clear Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 8 registered sex offenders living in Clear Lake, Iowa as of September 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Clear Lake is 964 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Clear Lake by year

Type

2011

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(25.6)
1
(12.9)
0
(0.0)
3
(39.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.2)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
8
(102.3)
5
(64.7)
15
(195.5)
24
(313.3)
26
(344.1)
27
(357.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
42
(537.2)
45
(582.1)
69
(899.3)
53
(691.8)
48
(635.3)
31
(410.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
192
(2,456)
179
(2,315)
175
(2,281)
145
(1,893)
137
(1,813)
109
(1,442)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(38.4)
8
(103.5)
11
(143.4)
3
(39.2)
4
(52.9)
11
(145.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.2)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)179.8164.9208.7221.3190.1180.1

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City-data.com crime index in Clear Lake, IA

Crime rate in Clear Lake detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 22 (16 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.12
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (29.8%), Norwegian (12.9%), English (9.7%), American (9.1%), Irish (5.6%), Dutch (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/26/1871

Elevation: 1230 feet

Land area: 10.4 square miles.

Population density: 725 people per square mile   (low).

Clear Lake, Iowa map

225 residents are foreign born (1.3% Latin America, 0.6% Asia).

This city:

2.9%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,210 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,255 (1.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (68.8 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (126.4 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (304.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Ventura, IA (2.2 miles ),
Burchinal, IA (2.7 miles),
Mason City, IA (3.0 miles ),
Fertile, IA (3.0 miles ),
Hanlontown, IA (3.2 miles ),
Swaledale, IA (3.4 miles),
Miller, IA (3.4 miles),
Garner, IA (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 43.14 N, Longitude: 93.38 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -390 (-5.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,688 (43.2%)

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Clear Lake, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Clear Lake, IA in 2017
Clear Lake satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 11 buildings, average cost: $118,200
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $16,000
  • 1999: 10 buildings, average cost: $16,000
  • 2000: 10 buildings, average cost: $16,000
  • 2001: 15 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2002: 23 buildings, average cost: $147,800
  • 2003: 15 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2004: 17 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2005: 16 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2006: 32 buildings, average cost: $168,800
  • 2007: 23 buildings, average cost: $150,000
  • 2008: 22 buildings, average cost: $245,900
  • 2009: 13 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2010: 10 buildings, average cost: $175,800
  • 2011: 12 buildings, average cost: $250,000
  • 2012: 13 buildings, average cost: $232,700
  • 2013: 10 buildings, average cost: $250,000
  • 2014: 15 buildings, average cost: $250,000
  • 2015: 19 buildings, average cost: $346,600
  • 2016: 8 buildings, average cost: $485,000
  • 2017: 9 buildings, average cost: $296,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Clear Lake, IA residents
Average permit cost in Clear Lake, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

2.8%
Most common industries in Clear Lake, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (9.4%)
  • Social assistance (8.6%)
  • Health care (8.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.4%)
  • Construction (6.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.3%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (10.4%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.6%)
  • Social assistance (4.5%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Social assistance (12.7%)
  • Health care (12.6%)
  • Educational services (11.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.1%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.3%)
Most common occupations in Clear Lake, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.5%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.6%)

Average climate in Clear Lake, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Clear Lake, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2008 was 1.21. This is significantly better than average.

City:

1.21
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.136
U.S.:

1.789

Tornado activity:

Clear Lake-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 97% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 16.8 miles away from the Clear Lake city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 8.4 miles away from the city center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Clear Lake-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 83% 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 219.0 miles away from the city 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 433.1 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 310.6 miles away from Clear Lake center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 227.0 miles away from the city 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 256.8 miles away from Clear Lake 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 280.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cerro Gordo County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Clear Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Clear Lake:

  • OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE (1200 NORTH NINTH STREET WEST)
  • OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE-EXECUTIVE COTTAGE (1200 NORTH 9TH STREET WEST)
  • OAKWOOD CARE CENTER (400 HIGHWAY 18 WEST)

Airports located in Clear Lake:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Clear Lake:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 13 miles; Mason City, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,235)
  • Riverland Community College (about 42 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 62 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 64 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 73 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 76 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 77 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)

Public high school in Clear Lake:

Public elementary/middle schools in Clear Lake:

See full list of schools located in Clear Lake

Library in Clear Lake:

  • CLEAR LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $367,355; Location: 200 N 4TH ST; 46,453 books; 1,785 audio materials; 2,372 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 164 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Clear Lake was once clean and called ' Clear Lake..' ever since the sanitation place ran out of room for the bodily wastes, they decided to just dump it in the lake. People dont like to swim there now because they go wash their suit, and this icky green stuff is found in it!

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Clear Lake: Clear Lake Water Treatment Plant (A), All Vets Golf Course (B), Oak Hills Golf Course (C), Farmers Co-op Elevator (D), Clear Lake (E), Surf Ballroom (F), Clear Lake Public Library (G), Clear Lake Police Department (H), Clear Lake Fire Department (I), Clear Lake Fire Museum (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Clear Lake include: Clear Lake Baptist Church (A), Zion Lutheran Church (B), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (C), Zion Lutheran Church (D), Open Bible - First Church (E), Guardian Angel Roadside Chapel (F), United Methodist Church (G), Congregational Church (H), Church of Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Clear Lake Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Clear Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Clear Lake include: Clear Lake City Square (1), Lions Field (2), Country Club Hights Park (3), Tourist Park (4), Marion Park (5), Clear Lake City Park (6), Armour Pugh Memorial Park (7), D A R Park (8), Triangle Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Kinney Pioneer Museum (9184 265th Street) (1), Fort Custer Maze (Amusement & Theme Parks; 2501 Main Avenue) (2), North Iowa Business Technology Center (205 Main Avenue) (3), Chamber of Commerce (205 Main Avenue) (4), Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (205 Main Avenue) (5), Clear Lake Economic Development Corporation (205 Main Avenue) (6), Lady of the Lake (Tours & Charters; The Seawall Downtown) (7), High Flyers (Tours & Charters; 1611 South Shore Drive) (8). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Best Western Holiday Lodge (Highway 18 E And I # 35) (1), Budget Inn (I 35 And Hwy East # 18) (2), Heartland Inn - Clear Lake (1603 S Shore Dr) (3), Pheasant Country Inn (4497 190th Street) (4), Silver Boot Motel (1214 South Shore Drive) (5), Wind Venture (4497 190th Street) (6), Microtel Inn (I-35 & Highway 18) (7), Hilltop Motel (10 Allens Alley) (8), Heartland Inn (1603 South Shore Drive) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Richie Hayward - Rock drummer.

Cerro Gordo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Clear Lake and their reported violations in the past:

THE MARKET AT OAKWOOD (Address: 5253 S SHORE DR , Population served: 122, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
OAK HILLS PAR 30 GOLF COURSE (Address: 518 27TH AVE S , Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between APR-2006 and MAY-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-18-2006), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-18-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-25-2006)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
OAKWOOD RV PARK (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-20-2013), St Public Notif requested (OCT-03-2013), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-03-2013), St Public Notif received (OCT-21-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUN-23-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-23-2010), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-23-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-23-2010), St Public Notif received (OCT-04-2010), St Compliance achieved (OCT-07-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-15-2010), St Public Notif requested (JUL-23-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-23-2010), St Public Notif received (AUG-05-2010), St Compliance achieved (OCT-07-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (OCT-02-2013), St Public Notif requested (OCT-17-2013), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-17-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-02-2013)
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
BELL HARBOR (Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
TWIN OAK CAMP GROUND (Population served: 32, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2009 and SEP-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-31-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-31-2009), St Public Notif received (APR-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-19-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-18-2006), St Public Notif requested (SEP-18-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-03-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-17-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Clear Lake that have no violations reported:

  • CLEAR LAKE WATER DEPARTMENT (Population served: 7,777, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LAKESHORE WATER ASSOCIATION (Address: 5546 LAKEVIEW DR , Population served: 35, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.5%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.2%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
156 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
63 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Clear Lake in 2000:

  • 156 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 80 people in nursing homes
  • 18 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Clear Lake (2011 data):

  • Manufacturers Bank & Trust Company: Clear Lake #2 Branch at 1919 East Highway 18, branch established on 2004/06/15; Clear Lake Branch at 300 1st Avenue North, branch established on 1936/09/21. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $265.8 mil, Deposits: $214.2 mil, headquarters in Forest City, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Mbt Corp.
  • Clear Lake Bank and Trust Company: Drive-Up Facility at 21 North 4th Street, branch established on 1976/09/16; Clear Lake Bank And Trust Company at 322 Main, branch established on 1934/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $245.8 mil, Deposits: $217.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Arneson Bancshares, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Clear Lake Branch at 210 First Avenue North, branch established on 1936/09/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Clear Lake:

Marital status in Clear Lake, IA
  • Never married: 20.3%
  • Now married: 58.4%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

For population 25 years and over in Clear Lake:

  • High school or higher: 94.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Clear Lake
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Clear Lake, IA (based on Cerro Gordo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant15,23129
Evangelical Protestant6,87130
Catholic6,6725
Other9706
Orthodox2001
None14,207-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Cerro Gordo County:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
This county:

6.59 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 50
Here:

11.36 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.1%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Cerro Gordo County:

16.0%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.7%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

46.6%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Clear Lake:

28.8
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Clear Lake:

22.4%
State:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.4%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Clear Lake:

6.8
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Clear Lake:

36.7%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Clear Lake:

55.5%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.1%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Clear Lake, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 15$75,879$60,7031$941
Streets and Highways 9$40,909$54,5451$1,510
Police - Other 6$23,020$46,0402$908
Fire - Other 3$12,380$49,52011$15,770
Other Government Administration 3$17,869$71,4766$1,687
Water Supply 3$13,399$53,5960$0
Local Libraries 3$10,728$42,91210$8,983
Financial Administration 3$12,624$50,4960$0
Parks and Recreation 2$7,298$43,7885$2,212
Firefighters 0$0 1$580
Totals for Government 47$214,106$54,66537$32,591

Clear Lake government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $1,405,000 ($185.80)
    Water Utilities: $515,000 ($68.10)
    General - Other: $440,000 ($58.19)
    Regular Highways: $435,000 ($57.52)
    Libraries: $17,000 ($2.25)
    Parks and Recreation: $13,000 ($1.72)
    Local Fire Protection: $7,000 ($0.93)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,753,000 ($231.82)
    Regular Highways: $881,000 ($116.50)
    General - Other: $653,000 ($86.35)
    Water Utilities: $551,000 ($72.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $497,000 ($65.72)
    Parks and Recreation: $474,000 ($62.68)
    Health - Other: $458,000 ($60.57)
    Libraries: $361,000 ($47.74)
    Financial Administration: $327,000 ($43.24)
    Sewerage: $191,000 ($25.26)
    Local Fire Protection: $144,000 ($19.04)
    Housing and Community Development: $79,000 ($10.45)
    General Public Buildings: $34,000 ($4.50)
    Central Staff Services: $33,000 ($4.36)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $28,000 ($3.70)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $21,000 ($2.78)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $176,000 ($23.27)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $271,000 ($35.84)
    Police Protection: $114,000 ($15.08)
    Health - Other: $63,000 ($8.33)
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000 ($7.27)
    Libraries: $52,000 ($6.88)
    Financial Administration: $45,000 ($5.95)
    Local Fire Protection: $18,000 ($2.38)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $10,000 ($1.32)
    Housing and Community Development: $3,000 ($0.40)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,892,000 ($382.44)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $45,000 ($5.95)

Clear Lake government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $482,000 ($63.74)
    Sewerage: $467,000 ($61.76)
    Other: $427,000 ($56.47)
    Parks and Recreation: $81,000 ($10.71)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $30,000 ($3.97)
    Regular Highways: $4,000 ($0.53)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000 ($0.13)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $1,232,000 ($162.92)
    Other: $189,000 ($24.99)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $75,000 ($9.92)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $292,000 ($38.61)
    Special Assessments: $164,000 ($21.69)
    Fines and Forfeits: $66,000 ($8.73)
    Interest Earnings: $44,000 ($5.82)
    Sale of Property: $17,000 ($2.25)
    Rents: $14,000 ($1.85)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $832,000 ($110.02)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $732,000 ($96.80)
    Other: $69,000 ($9.12)
  • Tax - Property: $6,117,000 ($808.91)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,294,000 ($171.12)
    Public Utilities Sales: $164,000 ($21.69)
    Other Selective Sales: $157,000 ($20.76)
    Other License: $84,000 ($11.11)

Clear Lake government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,246,000 ($958.21)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,128,000 ($810.37)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,118,000 ($147.84)

Clear Lake government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,871,000 ($1040.86)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,000 ($1.32)

5.48% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($45,196 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
Iowa average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Hancock County, IA  0.41% ($33,889 average AGI)
from Floyd County, IA  0.40% ($37,239)
from Worth County, IA  0.34% ($32,683)


5.43% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($50,283 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.43%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Polk County, IA  0.48% ($42,905 average AGI)
to Worth County, IA  0.35% ($34,968)
to Hancock County, IA  0.35% ($36,721)
Businesses in Clear Lake, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1KFC1
AmericInn1McDonald's1
Arby's1Microtel1
Best Western1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Subway2
Dairy Queen1Super 81
Dennys1Taco Bell1
FedEx3U-Haul2
Ford1UPS1
H&R Block1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Clear Lake:

  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRIB (1490 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KRNI (1010 AM; 1 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)

Strongest FM radio stations in Clear Lake:

  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • K214BA (90.7 FM; MASON CITY, ETC., IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • K223AB (92.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: GREAT COMM. COMMCNS. OF N. IOWA INC)
  • KCMR (97.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: TLC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KUNY (91.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KBDC (88.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KSMA-FM (98.7 FM; OSAGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLMJ (104.9 FM; HAMPTON, IA; Owner: CD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KYTC (102.7 FM; NORTHWOOD, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Clear Lake:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)
Clear Lake fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Clear Lake fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 46Number of bridges
  • 404ft / 123mTotal length
  • 209,225Total average daily traffic
  • 51,415Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Clear Lake, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 21910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 21940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 251970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 101990-1999
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Clear Lake, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Clear Lake)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 71 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Clear Lake, IA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 33 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Clear Lake)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 5 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Clear Lake)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 28 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 36. The highest number of fire incidents - 54 took place in 2004, and the least - 12 in 2007. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Clear Lake, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (39.9%), and Outside Fires (36.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Clear Lake, IA
    • 23239.9%Structure Fires
    • 21036.1%Outside Fires
    • 13423.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 61.0%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Clear Lake, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Clear Lake, Iowa:

  • Heartland Inn, 1603 S Shore Dr, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 , Phone: (641) 357-5123, Fax: (641) 357-2228
  • Americinn Motel, 1406 N 25TH St, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 , Phone: (641) 357-8954, Fax: (641) 357-8956
  • Best Western Holiday Lodge, 2023 7th Avenue N, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 , Phone: (641) 357-5253, Fax: (641) 357-8153
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Clear Lake, Iowa
Most common first names in Clear Lake, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7476.6 years
Mary5280.9 years
William5074.3 years
Robert4873.0 years
James4872.2 years
Charles3978.9 years
Donald3672.9 years
Ruth3581.7 years
Harold3176.2 years
George3179.8 years
Most common last names in Clear Lake, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3579.2 years
Peterson3380.9 years
Miller3286.6 years
Nelson2978.0 years
Smith2474.9 years
Hansen2377.6 years
Larson1881.8 years
Ashland1879.8 years
Thompson1782.0 years
Anderson1578.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Clear Lake, IA
  • 82.9%Utility gas
  • 11.5%Electricity
  • 5.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Clear Lake, IA
  • 50.9%Utility gas
  • 47.0%Electricity
  • 2.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Clear Lake compared to Iowa state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Clear Lake on our top lists:

  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: wholesale trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for the mentally retarded (population 1,000+)"
There are 27 pilots and 8 other airmen in this city.
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