Dakota City, Iowa

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Population in 2019: 825 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -9.4%
 
Males: 404  (49.1%)
Females: 421  (50.9%)
Median resident age:

39.2 years
Iowa median age:

38.5 years

Zip codes: 50529, 50548.

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Estimated median household income in 2019: $54,787 (it was $33,977 in 2000)
Dakota City:

$54,787
IA:

$61,691

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $31,194 (it was $15,441 in 2000)

Dakota City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $89,663 (it was $67,000 in 2000)
Dakota City:

$89,663
IA:

$158,900

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $99,865; detached houses: $99,141

Median gross rent in 2019: $742.

March 2019 cost of living index in Dakota City: 75.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 6.4%
(6.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 6.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.2% for other race residents)
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Ancestries: German (51.8%), Norwegian (12.3%), American (6.8%), Dutch (4.7%), English (2.6%), Irish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/22/1878

Elevation: 1130 feet

Land area: 0.74 square miles.

Population density: 1,121 people per square mile   (low).

Dakota City, Iowa map

13 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.5%
Iowa:

5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,435 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,257 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (56.1 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (137.5 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (339.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Humboldt, IA (1.0 miles ),
Rutland, IA (2.3 miles),
Badger, IA (2.8 miles ),
Thor, IA (2.8 miles),
Hardy, IA (3.1 miles),
Livermore, IA (3.2 miles ),
Pioneer, IA (3.3 miles),
Bode, IA (3.3 miles )

Latitude: 42.72 N, Longitude: 94.20 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 515

Distribution of median household income in Dakota City, IA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Dakota City, IA in 2019
Dakota City satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $70,800
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $90,000
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $70,300
  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $60,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $124,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $60,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $60,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $60,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $70,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $347,000
  • 2015: 2 buildings, average cost: $247,500
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $425,000
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $110,000
  • 2018: 2 buildings, average cost: $270,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Dakota City, IA residents
Average permit cost in Dakota City, IA
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

2.2%
Iowa:

3.1%
Most common industries in Dakota City, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Machinery (9.3%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Public administration (6.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.3%)
  • Construction (4.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Machinery (17.3%)
  • Construction (8.7%)
  • Food (6.1%)
  • Repair & maintenance (6.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.6%)
  • Educational services (4.3%)
  • Truck transportation (3.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (14.8%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Public administration (10.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (8.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.7%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.4%)
Most common occupations in Dakota City, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (13.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (8.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.2%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (11.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.2%)
  • Cashiers (4.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.2%)

Average climate in Dakota City, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Dakota City-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 102% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 28.5 miles away from the Dakota City city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/4/1977, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 13.5 miles away from the city center injured 14 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Dakota City-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 167% greater 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 223.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 459.1 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 281.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 238.5 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) earthquake occurred 443.9 miles away from Dakota City center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 229.0 miles away from Dakota 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 Humboldt County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 7, Winds: 3, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Dakota City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Dakota City:

  • QHC HUMBOLDT NORTH, LLC (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • QHC HUMBOLDT SOUTH, LLC (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • HUMBOLDT COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPI (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; HUMBOLDT, IA)
  • FORT DODGE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; FORT DODGE, IA)
  • GREENLEAF (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; FORT DODGE, IA)
  • QHC FORT DODGE VILLA , LLC (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; FORT DODGE, IA)
  • IOWA HOME CARE, LLC (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; FORT DODGE, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dakota City:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 17 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,682)
  • Buena Vista University (about 52 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa State University (about 56 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 57 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 62 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 77 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Drake University (about 83 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)

Public school in Dakota City:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Dakota City: Dakota City Access (A), Humboldt County Courthouse (B), Dakota City City Hall (C), Humboldt County Historical Museum (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Dakota City include: Dakota City River Park (1), Herb Zinnel Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Humboldt County Museum (905 1st Avenue North).

Birthplace of: Harry Reasoner - Broadcast news analyst.

Humboldt 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 Dakota City and their reported violations in the past:

DAKOTA CITY WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 858, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JUL-2005 and AUG-2007, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-29-2007), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-29-2007), St BCA signed (2 times from DEC-04-2007 to DEC-04-2007), St Public Notif received (JUL-03-2008), St Compliance achieved (2 times from AUG-28-2008 to AUG-28-2008)
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

67.8%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.3%
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: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Dakota City:

Marital status in Dakota City, IA
  • Never married: 26.2%
  • Now married: 55.6%
  • Separated: 0.4%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 11.9%

For population 25 years and over in Dakota City:

  • High school or higher: 91.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.3%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.2
Iowa average:

10.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Dakota City, IA (based on Humboldt County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,6139
Evangelical Protestant1,7417
Catholic1,3172
Other-1
None2,144-
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: 2
Humboldt County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Here:

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.5%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.9%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Humboldt County:

12.7%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Dakota City:

48.3%
Iowa:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

44.2%
Iowa:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.5
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.1%
Iowa:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

13.4%
Iowa:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Dakota City:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Dakota City:

36.0%
State:

33.8%

General health condition:
Here:

55.4%
Iowa:

55.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.3%
Iowa:

77.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Dakota City, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 3$14,371$57,4842$1,922
Totals for Government 3$14,371$57,4842$1,922

Dakota City government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $11,000 ($13.33)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $260,000 ($315.15)
    Regular Highways: $157,000 ($190.30)
    Water Utilities: $131,000 ($158.79)
    Housing and Community Development: $110,000 ($133.33)
    Financial Administration: $63,000 ($76.36)
    General Public Buildings: $24,000 ($29.09)
    Parks and Recreation: $24,000 ($29.09)
    Health - Other: $23,000 ($27.88)
    Solid Waste Management: $22,000 ($26.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $16,000 ($19.39)
    Libraries: $8,000 ($9.70)
    Police Protection: $8,000 ($9.70)
    Central Staff Services: $7,000 ($8.48)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,000 ($6.06)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,000 ($1.21)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $44,000 ($53.33)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Solid Waste Management: $12,000 ($14.55)
    Other - Libraries: $8,000 ($9.70)
    Other - Police Protection: $8,000 ($9.70)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $202,000 ($244.85)

Dakota City government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $273,000 ($330.91)
    Solid Waste Management: $41,000 ($49.70)
    Parks and Recreation: $10,000 ($12.12)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $85,000 ($103.03)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $10,000 ($12.12)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($2.42)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $181,000 ($219.39)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $110,000 ($133.33)
  • Tax - Property: $201,000 ($243.64)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $78,000 ($94.55)
    Other License: $2,000 ($2.42)

Dakota City government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,851,000 ($2243.64)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,741,000 ($2110.30)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $110,000 ($133.33)

Dakota City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,111,000 ($1346.67)

4.80% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($52,607 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
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 Webster County, IA  1.23% ($39,660 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Dakota City:

  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KVFD (1400 AM; 1 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Dakota City:

  • KHBT (97.7 FM; HUMBOLDT, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KIAQ (96.9 FM; CLARION, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KKEZ (94.5 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KJYL (100.7 FM; EAGLE GROVE, IA; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING,INC)
  • K206BF (89.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KUEL (92.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KICB (88.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Dakota City:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)

Dakota City fatal accident list:

Sep 26, 1977 11:40 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 66ft / 19.5mTotal length
  • 3,760Total average daily traffic
  • 447Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,760Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic
Most common first names in Dakota City, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert671.7 years
William576.8 years
Margaret575.6 years
Anna384.6 years
Carl382.0 years
Dorothy379.6 years
Hazel378.0 years
Lloyd380.3 years
Lucille379.1 years
Raymond382.6 years
Most common last names in Dakota City, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Schulze566.8 years
Hawkins475.0 years
Anderson481.7 years
Collins478.3 years
Pollock489.8 years
Martin482.2 years
Sawyer486.7 years
Hansen381.6 years
Christensen371.7 years
Davis377.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Dakota City, IA
  • 73.6%Utility gas
  • 26.4%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Dakota City, IA
  • 54.4%Utility gas
  • 42.6%Electricity
  • 2.9%No fuel used


Dakota City compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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