Van Buren County, IA

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Population
7,223
1.16% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
Median Age
44.3

Poverty Rate
13.1%

Median Household Income
$47,083
0.242% 1-year decline
Median Property Value
$90,900
9.92% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
3,138
3.15% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Van Buren County, IA had a population of 7.22k people with a median age of 44.3 and a median household income of $47,083. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Van Buren County, IA declined from 7,308 to 7,223, a -1.16% decrease and its median household income declined from $47,197 to $47,083, a -0.242% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Van Buren County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (96.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.33%), White (Hispanic) (1.08%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.485%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (0.249%). NaNk% of the people in Van Buren County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Van Buren County, IA is $90,900, and the homeownership rate is 81.8%. Most people in Van Buren County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Van Buren County, IA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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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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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 Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 71% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (23.7%), followed by Other (5.31%). 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.

Van Buren County, IA 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 Iowa
71% 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, 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 Van Buren County, IA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Van Buren County, IA is home to a population of 7.22k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.09% of Van Buren County, IA residents were born outside of the country (79 people).

In 2018, there were 72.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.98k people) in Van Buren County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 78 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Van Buren County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.98k ± 13
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    96 ± 19.8
  3. White (Hispanic)
    78 ± 29
1.48%
Hispanic Population
107 people

In 2018, there were 72.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.98k people) in Van Buren County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 78 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.48% of the people in Van Buren County, IA are hispanic (107 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.09%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
79 people
1.03%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
75 people

As of 2018, 1.09% of Van Buren County, IA residents (79 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 Van Buren County, IA was 1.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 26.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Van Buren County, IA was 44.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Van Buren County, IA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Van Buren County, IA residents was 44.

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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

99.9%
2018 Citizenship
100%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.9% of Van Buren County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Van Buren County, IA was 100%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    255 ± 56
  2. Korea
    92 ± 37
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    53 ± 25

Van Buren County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Van Buren County, IA is $47,083. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Van Buren County, IA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $50,301, followed by Census Tract 9501 and N/A, with respective values of $45,441 and N/A.

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Van Buren County, IA employs 3.14k people. The largest industries in Van Buren County, IA are Manufacturing (756 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (441 people), and Retail Trade (372 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,833), Public Administration ($51,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,667).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,083
2018 value
± $3,327
-0.242%
1 Year Growth
± 9.66%

Households in Van Buren County, IA have a median annual income of $47,083, 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 $47,197 in 2017, which represents a -0.242% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Van Buren County, IA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922
Average Male Salary in Iowa
± $1,635
$44,006
Average Female Salary in Iowa
± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 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
    $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 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 Van Buren County, IA is from Iowa.
0.443
2017 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.445
2016 Wage GINI in Iowa

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 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 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Van Buren County, IA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $50,301, followed by Census Tract 9501 and N/A, with respective values of $45,441 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

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Van Buren County, IA (932 out of 7.14k 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 Females < 5, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 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
    904 ± 113
  2. Hispanic
    50 ± 66
  3. Two Or More
    18 ± 58

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

3.14k
2018 Value
± 223
-3.15%
1 Year decline
± 10.4%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Van Buren County, IA declined at a rate of -3.15%, from 3.24k employees to 3.14k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Van Buren County, IA, are Production Occupations (530 people), Management Occupations (359 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (355 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 (530 people), Management Occupations (359 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (355 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 (2.94 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.6 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.05 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,583), Protective Service Occupations ($63,529), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($63,529).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.14k
2018 Value
± 223
-3.15%
1 Year decline
± 10.4%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Van Buren County, IA declined at a rate of -3.15%, from 3.24k employees to 3.14k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Van Buren County, IA, are Manufacturing (756 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (441 people), and Retail Trade (372 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 (756 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (441 people), and Retail Trade (372 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 (4.95 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.39 times), and Construction (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Van Buren County, IA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,833), Public Administration ($51,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,667).

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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 Van Buren County, IA was $90,900 in 2018, which is 0.396 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $82,700 to $90,900, a 9.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Van Buren County, IA is 81.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Van Buren County, IA have an average commute time of 20.3 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

$90,900
2018 Median
± $6,711
$82,700
2017 Median
± $6,102

In 2018, the median property value in Van Buren County, IA grew to to $90,900 from the previous year's value of $82,700.

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 N/A 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.
$47,083
Median Household Income
± $3,327
2.86k
Number of Households
± 195

In 2018, the median household income of the 2.86k households in Van Buren County, IA declined from $47,083 from the previous year's value of $47,197.

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

81.8%
2018 Homeownership
83.9%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 81.8% of the housing units in Van Buren County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 83.9%.

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

20.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Van Buren County, IA have a shorter commute time (20.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.6% 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
    71.7%
  2. Carpooled
    13.2%
  3. Worked At Home
    6.78%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Van Buren County, IA was Drove Alone (71.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (13.2%) and those who Worked At Home (6.78%).

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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Health

87.5% of the population of Van Buren County, IA has health coverage, with 35.6% on employee plans, 18.4% on Medicaid, 16.4% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.47% 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 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 in Van Buren County, IA

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 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

12.5%
Uninsured
35.6%
Employer Coverage
18.4%
Medicaid
16.4%
Medicare
15.6%
Non-Group
1.47%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Van Buren County, IA declined by 8.95% from 13.8% to 12.5%.

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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