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Decatur County, IA&

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0.47% decline
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0.24% decline
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0.93% growth
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2.82% decline


The economy of Decatur County, IA employs 3,694 people. The economy of Decatur County, IA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Educational Services; and Transportation & Warehousing, which employ respectively 5.04; 2.54; and 1.56 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Decatur County, IA are Educational Services (872), Healthcare & Social Assistance (424), and Retail trade (381), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($60,938), Utilities ($40,938), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($38,100).

Median household income in Decatur County, IA is $38,467. Males in Decatur County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,142. The income inequality of Decatur County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.407 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Decatur County, IA. In Decatur County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 48 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,143. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Decatur County, IA is home to a population of 8,210 people, from which 98.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Decatur County, IA is composed of 7,641 White residents (93.1%), 220 Hispanic residents (2.68%), 163 Black residents (1.99%), 95 Two+ residents (1.16%), and 40 Asian residents (0.49%). The most common foreign languages in Decatur County, IA are German (246 speakers), Spanish (129 speakers), and Other West Germanic (93 speakers), but compared to other places, Decatur County, IA has a relative high number of Other West Germanic (93 speakers), German (246 speakers), and Scandinavian (7 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Decatur County, IA awarded 740 degrees. The student population of Decatur County, IA is skewed towards females, with 190 male students and 550 female students. Most students in Decatur County, IA are White (548 and 74.1%), followed by Black or African American (54 and 7.3%), Hispanic or Latino (44 and 5.95%), and Unknown (31 and 4.19%). The largest universities in Decatur County, IA by number of graduates are Graceland University-Lamoni (740 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Decatur County, IA are Registered Nursing (96 and 13%), Elementary Education & Teaching (87 and 11.8%), and General Business Administration & Management (56 and 7.57%). The median tuition costs in Decatur County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $26,440 and $26,440 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Decatur County, IA is $79,200, which is 0.39 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $81,500 to $79,200, a 2.82% increase. The homeownership rate of Decatur County, IA is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Decatur County, IA have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Decatur County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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