Van Buren County, IA

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Population

7,308

0.976% decline

Median Age

44


Median Household Income

$47,197

0.915% growth

Poverty Rate

14%


Number of Employees

3,240

3.89% decline

Median Property Value

$82,700

2.86% growth

About

In 2017, Van Buren County, IA had a population of 7.31k people with a median age of 44 and a median household income of $47,197. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Van Buren County, IA declined from 7,380 to 7,308, a -0.976% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,769 to $47,197, a 0.915% increase.

The population of Van Buren County, IA is 96.9% White Alone, 1.37% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.23% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Van Buren County, IA speak a non-English language, and 100% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Van Buren County, IA is $82,700, and the homeownership rate is 83.9%. Most people in Van Buren County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Van Buren County, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Van Buren County, IA employs 3.24k people. The largest industries in Van Buren County, IA are Manufacturing (754 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (459 people), and Retail Trade (354 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($74,500), Public Administration ($56,250), and Wholesale Trade ($44,196).

Median household income in Van Buren County, IA is $47,197. Males in Van Buren County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Van Buren County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,197

2017 value

± $3,094

0.915%

1 Year Growth

± 9%

Households in Van Buren County, IA have a median annual income of $47,197, 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 $46,769 in 2016, which represents a 0.915% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Van Buren County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 9502

  2. Census Tract 9501

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Van Buren County, IA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $50,375, followed by Census Tract 9501 and N/A, with respective values of $46,000 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Van Buren County, IA (1.01k out of 7.23k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females < 5, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    999 ± 132

  2. Hispanic

    43 ± 68

  3. Two Or More

    13 ± 57

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Van Buren 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

3.24k

2017 Value

± 230

-3.89%

1 Year decline

± 10%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Van Buren County, IA declined at a rate of -3.89%, from 3.37k employees to 3.24k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Van Buren County, IA, are Production Occupations (545 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (369 people), and Management Occupations (319 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (545 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (369 people), and Management Occupations (319 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Van Buren County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.9 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.42 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.82 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, IA, by median earnings, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($125,134), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,625), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($61,036).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.24k

2017 Value

± 230

-3.89%

1 Year decline

± 10%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Van Buren County, IA declined at a rate of -3.89%, from 3.37k employees to 3.24k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Van Buren County, IA, are Manufacturing (754 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (459 people), and Retail Trade (354 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Van Buren County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Van Buren 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 Van Buren County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (754 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (459 people), and Retail Trade (354 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Van Buren County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.94 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.3 times), and Construction (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Van Buren County, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($74,500), Public Administration ($56,250), and Wholesale Trade ($44,196).

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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. $20.9B

  3. $18.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($20.9B) and Other ag prods. ($18.7B).

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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$265B

2020 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

36.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 36.7% 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. $28.9B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $12.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.9B, followed by Minnesota with $17.7B and Nebraska and $12.5B.

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

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Health

86.2% of the population of Van Buren County, IA has health coverage, with 37.5% on employee plans, 15.6% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.63% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Van Buren County, IA see 1049 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.69% decrease from the previous year (1067 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 7271 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,049 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Van Buren County, IA see an average of 1,049 patients per year. This represents a 1.69% decrease from the previous year (1,067 patients).

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

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

13.8%

Uninsured

37.5%

Employer Coverage

15.6%

Medicaid

16%

Medicare

15.6%

Non-Group

1.63%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Van Buren County, IA declined by 9.71% from 15.2% to 13.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Van Buren 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. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

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

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Diversity

Van Buren County, IA is home to a population of 7.31k people, from which 100% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.03% of Van Buren County, IA residents were born outside of the country (75 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Van Buren County, IA is composed of 7.08k White Alone residents (96.9%), 100 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.37%), 90 Two or More Races residents (1.23%), 24 Black or African American Alone residents (0.328%), 9 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.123%), 7 Asian Alone residents (0.0958%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Van Buren County, IA was 44. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Van Buren County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Van Buren County, IA residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.03%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

75 people

1.02%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

75 people

As of 2017, 1.03% of Van Buren County, IA residents (75 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Van Buren County, IA was 1.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

100%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 100% of Van Buren County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Van Buren County, IA was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.08k ± 13

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    100 ± 48.9

  3. Two or More Races

    90 ± 19.1

In 2017, there were 70.8 times more White Alone residents (7.08k people) in Van Buren County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 100 Hispanic or Latino and 90 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    224 ± 47

  2. Korea

    98 ± 35

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    50 ± 25

Van Buren County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Van Buren County, IA was $82,700 in 2017, which is 0.36 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $80,400 to $82,700, a 2.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Van Buren County, IA is 83.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Van Buren County, IA have an average commute time of 21.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Van Buren County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$82,700

2017 Median

± $6,102

$80,400

2016 Median

± $3,916

In 2017, the median property value in Van Buren County, IA grew to to $82,700 from the previous year's value of $80,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Van Buren 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 Van Buren County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$47,197

Median Household Income

± $3,094

2.88k

Number of Households

± 205

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.88k households in Van Buren County, IA grew to $47,197 from the previous year's value of $46,769.

The following chart displays the households in Van Buren 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

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

83.9%

2017 Homeownership

84.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 83.9% of the housing units in Van Buren County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 84.2%.

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

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Commute Time

21.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Van Buren County, IA have a shorter commute time (21.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.72% of the workforce in Van Buren County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.29%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Van Buren County, IA was Drove Alone (73%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Worked At Home (5.29%).

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

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