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Cerro Gordo County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2016: 43,848 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 46,447 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 8,541
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,214
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 13,861
Renter-occupied apartments: 5,595 (it was 5,513 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

28%

Land area: 568 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 77 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Cerro Gordo County: 78.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.8%), Educational, health and social services (16.7%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (14.0%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Cerro Gordo County, IA (2017)
    • 39,66085.4%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,0504.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 6961.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 5961.3%Asian alone
    • 5311.1%Two or more races
    • 700.2%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 120.03%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

44.6 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years
Males: 21,410  (48.8%)
Females: 22,438  (51.2%)
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Average household size:
Cerro Gordo County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $51,290 ($35,867 in 1999)
This county:

$51,290
Iowa:

$58,570

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $545 (lower quartile is $423, upper quartile is $662)
This county:

$545
State:

$628


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $138,204 (it was $76,100 in 2000)
Cerro Gordo:

$138,204
Iowa:

$149,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $86,232 - $212,920

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $166,124
Here:

$166,124
State:

$186,769

Townhouses or other attached units: $202,040
Here:

$202,040
State:

$183,349

In 2-unit structures: $106,388
Here:

$106,388
State:

$141,928

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $180,048
Here:

$180,048
State:

$167,742

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $157,704
Here:

$157,704
State:

$142,668

Mobile homes: $29,611
Here:

$29,611
State:

$46,662

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,058
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $410

Institutionalized population: 591

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 15
  • Burglaries: 61
  • Thefts: 77
  • Auto thefts: 9

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 20
  • Burglaries: 45
  • Thefts: 101
  • Auto thefts: 17
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 95 buildings, average cost: $110,700
  • 1998: 99 buildings, average cost: $108,400
  • 1999: 70 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2000: 66 buildings, average cost: $125,300
  • 2001: 60 buildings, average cost: $137,200
  • 2002: 92 buildings, average cost: $150,900
  • 2003: 88 buildings, average cost: $164,300
  • 2004: 113 buildings, average cost: $167,600
  • 2005: 111 buildings, average cost: $170,400
  • 2006: 106 buildings, average cost: $181,000
  • 2007: 64 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2008: 45 buildings, average cost: $231,400
  • 2009: 36 buildings, average cost: $220,400
  • 2010: 41 buildings, average cost: $201,900
  • 2011: 30 buildings, average cost: $250,300
  • 2012: 52 buildings, average cost: $225,100
  • 2013: 47 buildings, average cost: $249,200
  • 2014: 38 buildings, average cost: $285,500
  • 2015: 48 buildings, average cost: $297,600
  • 2016: 36 buildings, average cost: $348,600
  • 2017: 43 buildings, average cost: $289,600
Number of permits per 10,000 Cerro Gordo, IA residents
Average permit cost in Cerro Gordo, IA
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,862 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,659 (1.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Cerro Gordo, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Cerro Gordo, IA in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Cerro Gordo, IA in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.2%
Cerro Gordo County:

11.2%
Iowa:

10.7%
(10.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.9% for Black residents, 22.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.3% for American Indian residents, 19.7% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 44.6 years old
(Males: 42.9 years old, Females: 46.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.6 years old, Black residents: 23.0 years old, American Indian residents: 22.6 years old, Asian residents: 45.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.0 years old, Other race residents: 37.9 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cerro Gordo County is $418 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $550 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $683 a month.

Cities in this county include: Mason City, Clear Lake, Rockwell, Ventura, Plymouth, Thornton, Meservey, Swaledale, Rock Falls, Dougherty.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Cerro Gordo County: Slippery Elm Golf Course (A), Hutchins (B), Bill Olson Livestock-Grain Incorporated Elevator (C), Garner Golf and Country Club (D), Hancock County Fairgrounds (E), Hancock County Speedway (F), Britt Country Club (G), Madison (H), Laconia (I), Bailey (J), Amsterdam (K), Hillside Golf Club (L), Timberland Museum (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Cerro Gordo County include: Upper Flat Church (A), Woden Church (B), Immanuel Church (C), Evangelical Free Church (D), Reformed Church in the United States (E), Pilot Knob Church (F), Saint Johns Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Amsterdam Cemetery (1), Pilot Knob Lutheran Cemetery (2), Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery (3), Christian Reformed Cemetery (4), Orthel Township Cemetery (5), Bingham Township Cemetery (6), Crystal Township Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake George (A), East Twin Lake (B), Eagle Lake (C), Deadmans Lake (D), Crystal Lake (E), West Twin Lake (F), Pilot Knob Lake (G), Eldred Sherwood Park Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Bear Creek (A), Plum Creek (B), Middle Branch Boone River (C), Lindsey Creek (D), Galls Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Cerro Gordo County include: Eight Mile Pits Wildlife Management Area (1), Meredith Marsh Wildlife Management Area (2), Lau Wildlife Area (3), Schuldt Wildlife Area (4), Torkleson Pits Wildlife Area (5), Gabrielson Wildlife Management Area (6), East Twin Lake Forest Area (7), Eagle Lake Woodland Area (8), Eagle Flats Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Converse County, Wyoming , Emmet County , Otsego County, New York , O'Brien County , Pocahontas County , Winnebago County , Wright County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.8%
Iowa:

2.8%

Unemployment by year in Cerro Gordo, IA
County total employment by year in Cerro Gordo, IA
County average yearly wages by year in Cerro Gordo, IA

Current college students: 2,055
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 93.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,096 (56.2% naturalized citizens)

Cerro Gordo County:

2.5%
Whole state:

5.3%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2482010 or later
  • 2512000 to 2009
  • 1701990 to 1999
  • 1921980 to 1989
  • 981970 to 1979
  • 134Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.0%

Cerro Gordo County marital status for males Cerro Gordo County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 17,492
  • One, attached: 697
  • Two: 536
  • 3 or 4: 684
  • 5 to 9: 1,144
  • 10 to 19: 667
  • 20 to 49: 657
  • 50 or more: 408
  • Mobile homes: 492

Housing units in Cerro Gordo County with a mortgage: 7,499 (297 second mortgage, 824 home equity loan, 35 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,199

Here:

53.8% with mortgage
State:

61.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Cerro Gordo County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant15,23129
Evangelical Protestant6,87130
Catholic6,6725
Other9706
Orthodox2001
None14,207-
Cerro Gordo County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Cerro Gordo County:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Cerro Gordo County:

6.59 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 50
This county:

11.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Cerro Gordo County:

9.3%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Cerro Gordo County:

26.1%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.0%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Cerro Gordo County:

Average size of farms: 407 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $141,204
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $287.15
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 25.43%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $110,785
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 90.13%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.16%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $131,548
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.55%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.39
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.56%
Corn for grain: 154939 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 130948 harvested acres
Vegetables: 362 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 15 acres

Tornado activity:

Cerro Gordo County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 1294514.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 fatalities and 183 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 10/14/1966, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Cerro Gordo County-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 223.8 miles away from Cerro Gordo County 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 427.9 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 316.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 231.9 miles away from the county 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 250.9 miles away from Cerro Gordo County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 408.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 21, 2016 to October 03, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4289: October 31, 2016, FEMA Id: 4289, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1763: May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: 1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3239: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1518: May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: 1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 02, 1999 to August 10, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1282: July 22, 1999, FEMA Id: 1282, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1230: July 02, 1998, FEMA Id: 1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 01, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-996: July 09, 1993, FEMA Id: 996, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Ice Storm, Incident Period: October 31, 1991 to November 29, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-928: December 26, 1991, FEMA Id: 928, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • Iowa Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: July 25, 1990 to August 31, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-879: September 06, 1990, FEMA Id: 879, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa High Winds, Tornadoes, Incident Period: July 01, 1979, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-590: July 01, 1979, FEMA Id: 590, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Wind
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Cerro Gordo

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 21,246 (84.8%)
  • Carpooled: 1,788 (7.1%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 142 (0.6%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 220 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 110 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 663 (2.6%)
  • Worked at home: 898 (3.6%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (26%)
  • Laos (17%)
  • Nepal (8%)
  • Kazakhstan (7%)
  • Philippines (6%)
  • Other South America (6%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Cerro Gordo County


  • German (33%)
  • Norwegian (10%)
  • American (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (4%)
  • Danish (2%)
  • European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 602 people in nursing homes
  • 349 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 183 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 103 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 49 people in halfway houses
  • 46 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 45 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 40 people in other group homes
  • 14 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 12 people in religious group quarters
  • 11 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

People in group quarters in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 442 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 307 people in college/university student housing
  • 183 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 47 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 46 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 45 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 40 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 22 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 11 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 3 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 3 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $69,921.

5.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($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.
3.38% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($25,202 average AGI)
2.09% relocated from other states ($19,994 average AGI)
Cerro Gordo County:

2.09%
Iowa average:

2.42%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
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)
from Winnebago County, IA  0.26% ($48,711)
from Franklin County, IA  0.21% ($37,595)
from Polk County, IA  0.16% ($40,724)
from Black Hawk County, IA  0.16% ($32,393)


5.43% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($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.
3.36% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($27,232 average AGI)
2.07% relocated to other states ($23,050 average AGI)
Cerro Gordo County:

2.07%
Iowa average:

2.69%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
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)
to Floyd County, IA  0.28% ($37,360)
to Black Hawk County, IA  0.22% ($39,872)
to Franklin County, IA  0.19% ($43,030)
to Story County, IA  0.15% ($49,630)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Births per 1000 population in Cerro Gordo County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Cerro Gordo County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Cerro Gordo County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Cerro Gordo County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 9,205 (7,881 aged, 1,324 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 548 (5%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,028)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (527)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (490)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (364)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (359)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (243)
  • Unspecified dementia (227)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (155)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (127)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (110)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.22
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 24,084
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 529
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 63,537

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,080
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,160
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 56
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 123

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 18

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 120.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 66.5
  • Other - 53.9

Household type by relationship:

Households: 43,848
  • In family households: 33,183 (5,918 male householders, 5,473 female householders)
    8,859 spouses, 10,457 children (9,720 natural, 350 adopted, 379 stepchildren), 552 grandchildren, 250 brothers or sisters, 194 parents, 376 other relatives, 1,039 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 9,496 (3,802 male householders (3,081 living alone)), 4,323 female householders (3,776 living alone)), 1,287 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,234

Size of family households: 6,115 2-persons, 2,215 3-persons, 1,820 4-persons, 844 5-persons, 251 6-persons, 132 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,867 1-person, 1,197 2-persons, 26 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

5,760 married couples with children.
2,503 single-parent households (784 men, 1,719 women).

95.7% of residents of Cerro Gordo speak English at home.
2.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $266,554,000 ($5,920 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,364,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $125,398,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $57,132,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $17,058,000
Federal grants: $49,888,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,432,000 ($399,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $14,646,000 ($4,740,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $5,949,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,739,000
Federal Government insurance: $85,983,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,543
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,705
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +113
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,690
Here -38 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Cerro Gordo County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.97 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.2

Year house built in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • Year house built in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • 3612014 or later
  • 4562010 to 2013
  • 1,4572000 to 2009
  • 1,4041990 to 1999
  • 1,5321980 to 1989
  • 2,8541970 to 1979
  • 2,2691960 to 1969
  • 3,2891950 to 1959
  • 2,0281940 to 1949
  • 6,9461939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • 01 room
  • 92 rooms
  • 3213 rooms
  • 1,2144 rooms
  • 2,3665 rooms
  • 2,4256 rooms
  • 2,6087 rooms
  • 1,9598 rooms
  • 2,7959+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • 3461 room
  • 3762 rooms
  • 1,1703 rooms
  • 1,4444 rooms
  • 1,0445 rooms
  • 5576 rooms
  • 4547 rooms
  • 1718 rooms
  • 1929+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • 0no bedroom
  • 5021 bedroom
  • 3,3222 bedrooms
  • 6,2513 bedrooms
  • 2,8044 bedrooms
  • 7755+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
  • 351no bedroom
  • 1,4591 bedroom
  • 2,2082 bedrooms
  • 1,4073 bedrooms
  • 2524 bedrooms
  • 765+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Cerro Gordo County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Cerro Gordo County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 408no vehicle
  • 3,6201 vehicle
  • 5,6972 vehicles
  • 2,5973 vehicles
  • 8554 vehicles
  • 5175+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Cerro Gordo County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Cerro Gordo County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,180no vehicle
  • 2,6731 vehicle
  • 1,3722 vehicles
  • 3253 vehicles
  • 1834 vehicles
  • 95+ vehicles

88.3% of Cerro Gordo County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Iowa.

Cerro Gordo County:

88.3%
State average:

85.4%

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

  • This state: 33,319
  • Other state: 9,136
  • Northeast: 489
  • Midwest: 5,663
  • South: 1,380
  • West: 1,599
Year householders moved into unit in Cerro Gordo County, IA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cerro Gordo County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 74.7%Utility gas
  • 13.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 9.8%Electricity
  • 1.0%Wood
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 59.3%Utility gas
  • 35.1%Electricity
  • 3.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.8%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 392
Here:

9.7%
Iowa:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 344
Here:

16.1%
Iowa:

7.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 336
Here:

18.4%
Iowa:

24.7%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Cerro Gordo County government finances - Expenditure in 2013:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,850,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $6,514,000
    Regular Highways: $4,231,000
    Police Protection: $3,509,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,596,000
    Financial Administration: $1,774,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,767,000
    General - Other: $1,230,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $943,000
    Central Staff Services: $807,000
    General Public Buildings: $519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $412,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $71,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    Local Fire Protection: $21,000
    Sewerage: $19,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $428,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $195,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $692,000
    Highways: $51,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,759,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,195,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $575,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,260,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Rents: $129,000
    Interest Earnings: $49,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $46,000
    Special Assessments: $40,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $193,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,949,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $29,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,872,000
    Other: $2,009,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,448,000
    General Local Government Support: $467,000
    Public Welfare: $141,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,937,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,585,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $386,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,124,000

Cerro Gordo County government finances - Revenue in 2013:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,850,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $6,514,000
    Regular Highways: $4,231,000
    Police Protection: $3,509,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,596,000
    Financial Administration: $1,774,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,767,000
    General - Other: $1,230,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $943,000
    Central Staff Services: $807,000
    General Public Buildings: $519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $412,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $71,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    Local Fire Protection: $21,000
    Sewerage: $19,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $428,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $195,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $692,000
    Highways: $51,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,759,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,195,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $575,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,260,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Rents: $129,000
    Interest Earnings: $49,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $46,000
    Special Assessments: $40,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $193,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,949,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $29,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,872,000
    Other: $2,009,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,448,000
    General Local Government Support: $467,000
    Public Welfare: $141,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,937,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,585,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $386,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,124,000

Cerro Gordo County government finances - Debt in 2013:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,850,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $6,514,000
    Regular Highways: $4,231,000
    Police Protection: $3,509,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,596,000
    Financial Administration: $1,774,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,767,000
    General - Other: $1,230,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $943,000
    Central Staff Services: $807,000
    General Public Buildings: $519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $412,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $71,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    Local Fire Protection: $21,000
    Sewerage: $19,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $428,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $195,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $692,000
    Highways: $51,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,759,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,195,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $575,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,260,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Rents: $129,000
    Interest Earnings: $49,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $46,000
    Special Assessments: $40,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $193,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,949,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $29,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,872,000
    Other: $2,009,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,448,000
    General Local Government Support: $467,000
    Public Welfare: $141,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,937,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,585,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $386,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,124,000

Cerro Gordo County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,850,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $6,514,000
    Regular Highways: $4,231,000
    Police Protection: $3,509,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,596,000
    Financial Administration: $1,774,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,767,000
    General - Other: $1,230,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $943,000
    Central Staff Services: $807,000
    General Public Buildings: $519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $412,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $71,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    Local Fire Protection: $21,000
    Sewerage: $19,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $428,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Libraries: $195,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $692,000
    Highways: $51,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,759,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,195,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $575,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,260,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Rents: $129,000
    Interest Earnings: $49,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $46,000
    Special Assessments: $40,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $193,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,949,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $29,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,872,000
    Other: $2,009,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,448,000
    General Local Government Support: $467,000
    Public Welfare: $141,000
  • Tax - Property: $14,937,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,585,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $386,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,124,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 736
  • Number of aged recipients: 56
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 680
  • Number of recipients under 18: 110
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 518
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 108
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 321
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 280
Most common first names in Cerro Gordo County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John37075.8 years
Mary30581.8 years
William24876.3 years
Robert22772.2 years
James20772.0 years
George20578.8 years
Helen18882.2 years
Charles18675.7 years
Ruth17280.6 years
Dorothy16278.4 years
Most common last names in Cerro Gordo County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson19978.7 years
Smith15276.5 years
Miller13279.9 years
Anderson10379.6 years
Peterson9680.5 years
Thompson8877.6 years
Nelson8379.8 years
Olson7480.0 years
Hansen6679.2 years
Davis6376.1 years
Businesses in Cerro Gordo County, IA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Kohl's1
Ace Hardware2Kroger1
Advance Auto Parts1La-Z-Boy2
AmericInn1Little Caesars Pizza1
American Eagle Outfitters1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Applebee's1Maurices1
Arby's2McDonald's3
Bath & Body Works1Menards1
Best Western1Microtel1
Buffalo Wild Wings1New Balance3
Burger King1Nike3
Carson Pirie Scott1Nissan1
Chevrolet2Penske1
Clarion1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Inn1Quiznos1
Curves1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen2Ruby Tuesday1
Days Inn1SAS Shoes1
Dennys1Sears3
Domino's Pizza1Slumberland1
Famous Footwear1Staples1
Fashion Bug1Subway7
FedEx5Super 82
Finish Line1Taco Bell2
Ford2Target1
GNC1Toyota1
GameStop1U-Haul4
Goodwill6U.S. Cellular3
H&R Block2UPS12
Hardee's1Verizon Wireless1
Hobby Lobby1Victoria's Secret1
Holiday Inn1Volkswagen1
Honda1Walgreens1
JCPenney1Walmart1
Jones New York1Wendy's2
KFC2YMCA1
Kmart1