Decatur County, IA

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2022 Population
7,684
0.441% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.6
1.95% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.5%
5.32% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$56,068
6.28% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$97,000
10.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
3,479
1.61% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Decatur County, IA had a population of 7.68k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $56,068. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Decatur County, IA declined from 7,718 to 7,684, a −0.441% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,753 to $56,068, a 6.28% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Decatur County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.05%), White (Hispanic) (2.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.25%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.612%).

None of the households in Decatur County, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Decatur County, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Decatur County, IA are Graceland University-Lamoni (459 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Decatur County, IA was $97,000, and the homeownership rate was 67.2%.

Most people in Decatur County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Decatur County, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Decatur County, IA is home to a population of 7.68k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.23% of Decatur County, IA residents were born outside of the country (171 people).

In 2022, there were 30 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.02k people) in Decatur County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 234 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 161 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Decatur County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Decatur County, IA was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Decatur County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.02k ± 37
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    234 ± 66.9
  3. White (Hispanic)
    161 ± 42
3.33%
Hispanic Population
256 people

In 2022, there were 30 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.02k people) in Decatur County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 234 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 161 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.33% of the people in Decatur County, IA are hispanic (256 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Decatur County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.23%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
171 people
2.14%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
165 people

As of 2022, 2.23% of Decatur County, IA residents (171 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Decatur County, IA was 2.14%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    170 ± 46
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    42 ± 30
  3. Korea
    33 ± 28

Decatur County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Decatur County, IA employs 3.48k people. The largest industries in Decatur County, IA are Educational Services (639 people), Manufacturing (458 people), and Retail Trade (379 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($250,001), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($76,786), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,625).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

3.48k
2022 Value
± 297
−1.61%
1 Year decline
± 12.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Decatur County, IA declined at a rate of −1.61%, from 3.54k employees to 3.48k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Decatur County, IA, are Management Occupations (386 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (345 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (343 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Decatur County, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.48k
2022 Value
± 297
−1.61%
1 Year decline
± 12.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Decatur County, IA declined at a rate of −1.61%, from 3.54k employees to 3.48k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Decatur County, IA, are Educational Services (639 people), Manufacturing (458 people), and Retail Trade (379 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Decatur County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Decatur County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,833
Median earning men ± $5,855
$28,402
Median earning women ± $4,016

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($90,469), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($75,536), and Wholesale Trade ($62,734).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($50,083), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($38,250), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,188).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 45
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 35
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 31
    Wholesale Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Decatur County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 68.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.4%), followed by Other (0.973%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Decatur County, IA awarded 459 degrees. The student population of Decatur County, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 562 male students and 675 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Decatur County, IA are White (340 and 77.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (31 and 7.06%), Black or African American (25 and 5.69%), and Unknown (15 and 3.42%).

The largest universities in Decatur County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Graceland University-Lamoni (459 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Decatur County, IA are Family Practice Nurse (143 and 31.2%), Registered Nursing (69 and 15%), and General Business Administration & Management (31 and 6.75%).

The median tuition cost in Decatur County, IA for private four year colleges is $31,250.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Decatur County, IA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 13.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,237 (45.4% men and 54.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,237 students enrolled in Decatur County, IA, 45.4% men and 54.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 675 records, of which 66.2% were women and 33.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 30 degrees awarded
  2. 69 degrees awarded
  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Decatur County, IA was Elementary Education & Teaching with 30 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Decatur County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
459 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Graceland University-Lamoni with 459 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 114 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Decatur County, IA, which is 0.33 times less than the 345 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 340 degrees mean that there were 11 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 31 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($31,250) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($720) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,440) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Decatur County, IA was $97,000 in 2022, which is 0.344 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $87,900 to $97,000, a 10.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Decatur County, IA is 67.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Decatur County, IA have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Decatur County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Decatur County, IA is $56,068. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Decatur County, IA was Census Tract 9601 with a value of $63,382, followed by Census Tract 9603 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $57,500 and $49,535.

In 2022, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Decatur County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.308%.

Property

$97,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,605
$2,055
Median Property Taxes
±$170

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Rent vs Own

67.2%
Homeownership
2022
61.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.2% of the housing units in Decatur County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9601
  2. Census Tract 9603
  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Decatur County, IA was Census Tract 9601 with a value of $63,382, followed by Census Tract 9603 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $57,500 and $49,535.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Decatur County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$56,068
Median Household Income
± $4,173
3.06k
Number of Households
± 258

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.06k households in Decatur County, IA grew to $56,068 from the previous year's value of $52,753.

The following chart displays the households in Decatur County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Decatur County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.8%)
  2. Carpooled (10.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.64%)

In 2022, 74.8% of workers in Decatur County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.1%) and those who worked at home (8.64%).

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Decatur County, IA have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.79% of the workforce in Decatur County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Decatur County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Decatur County, IA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Decatur County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.308%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Decatur County, IA (1.01k out of 6.98k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Decatur County, IA is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 22.8% of the children was living in poverty in Decatur County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.3%.

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Health

92.3% of the population of Decatur County, IA has health coverage, with 42% on employee plans, 18.9% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 15.7% on non-group plans, and 1.14% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Decatur County, IA see 3935 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.253% decrease from the previous year (3945 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1110 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 388 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,935 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Decatur County, IA

Primary care physicians in Decatur County, IA see an average of 3,935 patients per year. This represents a 0.253% decrease from the previous year (3,945 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.2% under 18 years, 23.5% between 18 and 34 years, 31.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.68%
Uninsured
42%
Employer Coverage
18.9%
Medicaid
14.5%
Medicare
15.7%
Non-Group
1.14%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Decatur County, IA declined by 0.0277% from 7.68% to 7.68%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.3% in Decatur County, IA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.12% in Decatur County, IA.

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