Palmer, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 154 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -28.0%
Males: 64  (42.0%)
Females: 90  (58.0%)
Median resident age:

42.3 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50571.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $37,099 (it was $25,000 in 2000)
Palmer:

$37,099
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $27,886 (it was $17,775 in 2000)

Palmer city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $33,961 (it was $18,700 in 2000)
Palmer:

$33,961
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $26,852; detached houses: $26,983

Median gross rent in 2017: $618.

March 2019 cost of living index in Palmer: 81.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 17.3%
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  • Races in Palmer, IA (2010)
    • 15895.8%White alone
    • 21.2%American Indian alone
    • 21.2%Two or more races
    • 21.2%Hispanic
    • 10.6%Black alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Palmer, Iowa as of December 04, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Palmer is 79 to 1.


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Ancestries: American (26.1%), German (23.9%), Irish (7.6%), Scottish (4.3%), English (2.2%), Swedish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/21/1901

Elevation: 1240 feet

Land area: 0.43 square miles.

Population density: 362 people per square mile   (very low).

Palmer, Iowa map

21 residents are foreign born (11.5% Latin America, 1.9% Europe).

This city:

13.4%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $439 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $221 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (64.8 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (119.5 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (358.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Pomeroy, IA (2.7 miles ),
Manson, IA (2.8 miles ),
Pocahontas, IA (2.8 miles ),
Twin Lakes, IA (3.2 miles ),
Gilmore City, IA (3.3 miles ),
Pioneer, IA (3.3 miles),
Jolley, IA (3.5 miles),
Fonda, IA (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 42.63 N, Longitude: 94.60 W

Area code: 712

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

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $175,000
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.0%
Iowa:

2.8%
Most common industries in Palmer, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (14.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (12.1%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (8.8%)
  • U. S. Postal service (7.7%)
  • Warehousing & storage (6.6%)
  • Construction (5.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (13.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.2%)
  • Warehousing & storage (10.2%)
  • Construction (8.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (6.8%)
  • Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers (6.8%)
  • U. S. Postal service (6.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (34.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (15.6%)
  • U. S. Postal service (9.4%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (9.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.4%)
  • Personal & laundry services (9.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.3%)
Most common occupations in Palmer, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (12.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (13.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.8%)
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (6.8%)
  • Top executives (5.1%)
  • Religious workers (5.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (15.6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (12.5%)
  • Personal appearance workers (9.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (9.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (9.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.4%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (6.3%)

Average climate in Palmer, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Palmer-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 93% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1979, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 0.1 miles away from the Palmer city center killed 3 people and injured 26 people and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 5/27/1995, a category F4 tornado 12.2 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Palmer-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 79% 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 222.0 miles away from Palmer center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 265.2 miles away from Palmer 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 218.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 226.6 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 455.9 miles away from Palmer center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 150.1 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 Pocahontas County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Palmer topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Palmer:

  • POMEROY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; POMEROY, IA)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - MANSON (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; MANSON, IA)
  • POCAHONTAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; POCAHONTAS, IA)
  • FONDA NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; FONDA, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palmer:

  • Iowa Central Community College (about 23 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,682)
  • Buena Vista University (about 31 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 55 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Iowa State University (about 65 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 82 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 83 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Drake University (about 87 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)

Library in Palmer:

  • PALMER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $17,907; Location: 520 HANSON; 11,704 books; 288 video materials; 13 state licensed databases; 22 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Palmer: New Co-op Elevator (A), Palmer Fire Department (B), Palmer Public Library (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Pocahontas County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

1.9 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

47.1%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

14.1%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Banks with branches in Palmer (2011 data):

  • Pocahontas State Bank: Palmer Branch at 528 Hansen Avenue, branch established on 1937/05/15. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $85.7 mil, Deposits: $69.6 mil, headquarters in Pocahontas, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Dentel Bancorporation

For population 15 years and over in Palmer:

Marital status in Palmer, IA
  • Never married: 22.6%
  • Now married: 42.2%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 12.8%
  • Divorced: 19.5%

For population 25 years and over in Palmer:

  • High school or higher: 80.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.1
Iowa average:

10.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Palmer, IA (based on Pocahontas County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,67213
Catholic1,7215
Evangelical Protestant1526
Other--
None2,765-
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: 5
Here:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Pocahontas County:

6.52 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Pocahontas County:

7.83 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Pocahontas County:

9.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Pocahontas County:

28.3%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

19.0%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

45.8%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Palmer:

38.0%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Palmer:

28.1
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.7%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.3%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Palmer:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Palmer:

32.6%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

47.7%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Palmer:

71.2%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Palmer, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 0$0 1$459
Local Libraries 0$0 2$734
Financial Administration 0$0 1$650
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$272
Sewerage 0$0 1$156
Totals for Government 0$0 11$2,271

Palmer government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $71,000 ($461.04)
    Local Fire Protection: $45,000 ($292.21)
    Water Utilities: $28,000 ($181.82)
    Libraries: $22,000 ($142.86)
    Solid Waste Management: $16,000 ($103.90)
    Regular Highways: $9,000 ($58.44)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($45.45)
    Central Staff Services: $4,000 ($25.97)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000 ($25.97)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($25.97)
    General Public Buildings: $3,000 ($19.48)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $1,000 ($6.49)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($6.49)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($6.49)
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000 ($6.49)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $16,000 ($103.90)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $35,000 ($227.27)

Palmer government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $49,000 ($318.18)
    Solid Waste Management: $15,000 ($97.40)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $8,000 ($51.95)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $8,000 ($51.95)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($12.99)
    General Revenue - Other: $2,000 ($12.99)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $28,000 ($181.82)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $15,000 ($97.40)
  • Tax - Property: $34,000 ($220.78)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,000 ($110.39)
    Other License: $1,000 ($6.49)

Palmer government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $414,000 ($2688.31)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $414,000 ($2688.31)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $310,000 ($2012.99)

Strongest AM radio stations in Palmer:

  • 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.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, 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 Palmer:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KTLB (105.9 FM; TWIN LAKES, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KKEZ (94.5 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KIAQ (96.9 FM; CLARION, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF FT. DODGE, INC.)
  • KHBT (97.7 FM; HUMBOLDT, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KIKD (106.7 FM; LAKE CITY, IA; Owner: CARROLL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KUEL (92.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K206BF (89.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Palmer:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K47FZ (Channel 47; STORM LAKE, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 17Number of bridges
  • 125ft / 37.9mTotal length
  • 2,425Total average daily traffic
  • 178Total average daily truck traffic
  • 2,425Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Palmer, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 21950-1959
  • 31960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Palmer, IA

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Palmer)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 2 Mi E N Side (Lat: 42.633028 Lon: -94.557750), Call Sign: KNEF342,
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.850 MHz, Grant Date: 11/20/1997, Expiration Date: 12/08/2002, Cancellation Date: 03/09/2003, Registrant: Charles E Johnson, R R 1 Box 122, Palmer, IA 50571, Phone: (712) 359-2446

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • STATION, 100 Main St (Lat: 42.624417 Lon: -94.597750), Structure height: 53.3 m, Overall height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WNTR870,
    Assigned Frequencies: 959.987 MHz, 928.987 MHz, Grant Date: 05/14/1998, Expiration Date: 07/13/2008, Cancellation Date: 05/15/2002, Phone: (515) 432-8602
  • Palmer, 206 Main St. (Lat: 42.629944 Lon: -94.601306), Type: Silo, Structure height: 45.7 m, Overall height: 56.4 m, Call Sign: WQPX493,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz, 11245.0 MHz, 11245.0 MHz, 11245.0 MHz, 11245.0 MHz, Grant Date: 09/10/2012, Expiration Date: 09/10/2022, Certifier: Chase W Cox, Registrant: Micronet Communications, Inc., 812 Lexington Dr, Plano, TX 75075, Phone: (972) 422-7200, Email:
  • PALMER TOWER, On Highway 315, 1.61 Km West Of (Lat: 42.633333 Lon: -94.634444), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 145.4 m, Overall height: 149 m, Call Sign: WQQB307, Licensee ID: L00002716,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11225.0 MHz, Grant Date: 10/12/2012, Expiration Date: 10/12/2022, Certifier: Fred Gibson, Registrant: Evertek, Inc., 216 N. Main Street, Everly, IA 51338, Phone: (712) 834-2255, Fax: (712) 834-2214, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: WD0AXD, Licensee ID: L00795629, Grant Date: 02/05/2014, Expiration Date: 03/01/2024, Registrant: Billy L Larson, 810 Henrietta Ave., Palmer, IA 50571
  • Call Sign: KE0MTW, Licensee ID: L02094527, Grant Date: 04/03/2017, Expiration Date: 04/03/2027, Certifier: William G Hamilton, Registrant: William G Hamilton, 61145 280th Ave, Palmer, IA 50571

Most common first names in Palmer, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1377.2 years
Anna788.0 years
William780.9 years
Herman679.0 years
Emma586.0 years
Mary487.8 years
Lena493.0 years
Robert477.7 years
George473.6 years
Gerd476.5 years
Most common last names in Palmer, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1281.8 years
Aden778.7 years
Schoon774.3 years
Peterson680.3 years
Peters671.0 years
Murman671.2 years
Hartman575.2 years
Beneke576.4 years
Abrahamson480.7 years
Ihnen480.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Palmer, IA
  • 57.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 28.6%Electricity
  • 10.7%Wood
  • 3.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Palmer, IA
  • 59.1%Electricity
  • 40.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Palmer compared to Iowa state average:

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