Monroe County, IA

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Population
7,863
0.619% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
Median Age
41.8

Poverty Rate
11.7%

Median Household Income
$49,549
1.26% 1-year decline
Median Property Value
$92,500
6.66% 1-year decline
Number of Employees
3,662
3.12% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Monroe County, IA had a population of 7.86k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $49,549. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Monroe County, IA declined from 7,912 to 7,863, a -0.619% decrease and its median household income declined from $50,179 to $49,549, a -1.26% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Monroe County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.5%), White (Hispanic) (2.54%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.37%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.127%). 0% of the people in Monroe County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Monroe County, IA was $92,500, and the homeownership rate was 78%. Most people in Monroe County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Monroe County, IA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Iowa (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Iowa across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Monroe County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 68.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (27.3%), followed by Other (4.42%). The most partisan county was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Monroe County, IA
68.3% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Iowa
  1. 81.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 81.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Iowa was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Iowa colored by their party leaning.

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Iowa

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

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Monroe County, IA is home to a population of 7.86k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 0.178% of Monroe County, IA residents were born outside of the country (14 people).

In 2018, there were 36.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.35k people) in Monroe County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 200 White (Hispanic) and 186 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Monroe County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.35k ± 150
  2. White (Hispanic)
    200 ± 182
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    186 ± 175
2.56%
Hispanic Population
201 people

In 2018, there were 36.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.35k people) in Monroe County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 200 White (Hispanic) and 186 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.56% of the people in Monroe County, IA are hispanic (201 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.178%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
14 people
1.86%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
147 people

As of 2018, 0.178% of Monroe County, IA residents (14 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Monroe County, IA was 1.86%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.4
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 23.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Monroe County, IA was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Monroe County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Monroe County, IA residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,002 ± 4,998 people
  2. India
    10,599 ± 2,523 people
  3. China
    9,583 ± 2,400 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,002 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,599 and China with 9,583.

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Citizenship

99.9%
2018 Citizenship
98.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.9% of Monroe County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Monroe County, IA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    168 ± 54
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    88 ± 53
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    73 ± 55

Monroe County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.91 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Monroe County, IA is $49,549. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Monroe County, IA was Census Tract 701 with a value of $56,111, followed by Census Tract 703 and Census Tract 702, with respective values of $55,594 and $41,176.

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,610. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Monroe County, IA employs 3.66k people. The largest industries in Monroe County, IA are Manufacturing (679 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (650 people), and Retail Trade (336 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,560), Finance & Insurance ($56,494), and Public Administration ($53,333).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,549
2018 value
± $7,537
-1.26%
1 Year Growth
± 20.4%

Households in Monroe County, IA have a median annual income of $49,549, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,179 in 2017, which represents a -1.26% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,795
Average Male Salary in Iowa
± $1,739
$46,610
Average Female Salary in Iowa
± $1,263

In 2019, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Iowa
  1. Asian
    $49,650 ± $7,144
  2. White
    $48,053 ± $1,042
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $41,188 ± $22,357

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Iowa.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Monroe County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.443
2018 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2019, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 701
  2. Census Tract 703
  3. Census Tract 702

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monroe County, IA was Census Tract 701 with a value of $56,111, followed by Census Tract 703 and Census Tract 702, with respective values of $55,594 and $41,176.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monroe County, IA (901 out of 7.73k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males < 5, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    853 ± 172
  2. Hispanic
    201 ± 108
  3. Two Or More
    47 ± 103

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.66k
2018 Value
± 339
-3.12%
1 Year decline
± 14.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Monroe County, IA declined at a rate of -3.12%, from 3.78k employees to 3.66k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monroe County, IA, are Production Occupations (433 people), Management Occupations (384 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (332 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monroe County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Monroe County, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (433 people), Management Occupations (384 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (332 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.76 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.58 times), and Production Occupations (2.06 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Monroe County, IA, by median earnings, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($61,250), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($56,719), and Protective Service Occupations ($56,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.66k
2018 Value
± 339
-3.12%
1 Year decline
± 14.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Monroe County, IA declined at a rate of -3.12%, from 3.78k employees to 3.66k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monroe County, IA, are Manufacturing (679 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (650 people), and Retail Trade (336 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monroe County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Monroe County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Monroe County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (679 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (650 people), and Retail Trade (336 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Monroe County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.42 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (2.02 times), and Information (1.94 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Monroe County, IA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,560), Finance & Insurance ($56,494), and Public Administration ($53,333).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $24.8B
  2. $18.8B
  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($18.8B) and Other ag prods. ($18.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B
2015 Value in Iowa
$363B
Projected 2045 Value in Iowa
47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $26.2B
  2. $16.1B
  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monroe County, IA was $92,500 in 2018, which is 0.403 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $99,100 to $92,500, a 6.66% decrease. The homeownership rate in Monroe County, IA is 78%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Monroe County, IA have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Monroe County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$92,500
2018 Median
± $11,503
$99,100
2017 Median
± $10,206

In 2018, the median property value in Monroe County, IA declined from to $92,500 from the previous year's value of $99,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Monroe County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Monroe County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Household Income

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$49,549
Median Household Income
± $7,537
3.33k
Number of Households
± 316

In 2018, the median household income of the 3.33k households in Monroe County, IA declined from $49,549 from the previous year's value of $50,179.

The following chart displays the households in Monroe 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Monroe County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Monroe County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

78%
2018 Homeownership
76.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 78% of the housing units in Monroe County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Monroe County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monroe County, IA have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 4.76% of the workforce in Monroe County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (78.7%)
  2. Carpooled (10.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.95%)

In 2018, 78.7% of workers in Monroe County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.7%) and those who worked at home (6.95%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Monroe County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Monroe County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

92.5% of the population of Monroe County, IA has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, IA see 1558 patients per year on average, which represents a 20.6% decrease from the previous year (1961 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2569 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3854 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.3%). Additionally, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,558 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Monroe County, IA

Primary care physicians in Monroe County, IA see an average of 1,558 patients per year. This represents a 20.6% decrease from the previous year (1,961 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Monroe County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Iowa
$4,076
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,702
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,317
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.46%
Uninsured
51.6%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
13.1%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
1.38%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monroe County, IA declined by 1.61% from 7.58% to 7.46%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Monroe County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.3% prevalence
  2. 19.5% prevalence
  3. 16.1% prevalence

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 20.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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