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Fayette County, IA&

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0.96% decline
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6.19% growth
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1.04% decline
Median Property Value
1.59% growth


The economy of Fayette County, IA employs 9,945 people. The economy of Fayette County, IA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Wholesale trade; and Manufacturing, which employ respectively 6.5; 1.47; and 1.29 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Fayette County, IA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,701), Manufacturing (1,322), and Retail trade (1,185), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($120,357), Utilities ($62,500), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($35,893).

Median household income in Fayette County, IA is $47,711. Males in Fayette County, IA have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,572. The income inequality of Fayette County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.42 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Fayette County, IA. In Fayette County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 34 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,487. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Fayette County, IA is home to a population of 20,391 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Fayette County, IA is composed of 19,249 White residents (94.4%), 455 Hispanic residents (2.23%), 270 Black residents (1.32%), 230 Two+ residents (1.13%), and 154 Asian residents (0.76%). The most common foreign languages in Fayette County, IA are German (147 speakers), Spanish (136 speakers), and Other Indic (40 speakers), but compared to other places, Fayette County, IA has a relative high number of German (147 speakers), Laotian (8 speakers), and Other Indic (40 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Fayette County, IA awarded 2,091 degrees. The student population of Fayette County, IA is skewed towards females, with 754 male students and 1,337 female students. Most students in Fayette County, IA are White (1,506 and 72%), followed by Black or African American (321 and 15.4%), Hispanic or Latino (81 and 3.87%), and Unknown (59 and 2.82%). The largest universities in Fayette County, IA by number of graduates are Upper Iowa University (2,091 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Fayette County, IA are General Business Administration & Management (284 and 13.6%), General Human Services (188 and 8.99%), and General Psychology (169 and 8.08%). The median tuition costs in Fayette County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $28,140 and $28,140 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fayette County, IA is $89,600, which is 0.44 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $88,200 to $89,600, a 1.59% increase. The homeownership rate of Fayette County, IA is 75.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Fayette County, IA have an average commute time of 17.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fayette County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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