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Jefferson County, IA&

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1.99% growth
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Median Household Income
5.5% growth
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3.95% growth
Median Property Value
9.6% growth


The economy of Jefferson County, IA employs 8,057 people. The economy of Jefferson County, IA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Manufacturing; and Utilities, which employ respectively 2.44; 1.66; and 1.49 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Jefferson County, IA are Manufacturing (1,386), Educational Services (985), and Retail trade (814), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($54,180), Utilities ($45,978), and Transportation & Warehousing ($37,120).

Median household income in Jefferson County, IA is $45,257. Males in Jefferson County, IA have an average income that is 1.57 times higher than the average income of females, which is $34,949. The income inequality of Jefferson County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458 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 Jefferson County, IA. In Jefferson County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 75 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,045. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Jefferson County, IA is home to a population of 17,662 people, from which 89.3% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Jefferson County, IA is composed of 14,333 White residents (81.2%), 1,011 Black residents (5.72%), 825 Asian residents (4.67%), 562 Two+ residents (3.18%), and 521 Hispanic residents (2.95%). The most common foreign languages in Jefferson County, IA are Hindi (810 speakers), Chinese (526 speakers), and Spanish (398 speakers), but compared to other places, Jefferson County, IA has a relative high number of Hindi (810 speakers), Serbo-Croatian (104 speakers), and Other West Germanic (56 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Jefferson County, IA awarded 391 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, IA is skewed away from females, with 269 male students and 122 female students. Most students in Jefferson County, IA are White (78 and 19.9%), followed by Black or African American (33 and 8.44%), Hispanic or Latino (22 and 5.63%), and Two or more races (6 and 1.53%). The largest universities in Jefferson County, IA by number of graduates are Maharishi University of Management (391 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Jefferson County, IA are Computer Science (158 and 40.4%), General Business Administration & Management (31 and 7.93%), and Accounting & Business Management (22 and 5.63%). The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $27,000 and $27,000 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 Jefferson County, IA is $110,700, which is 0.54 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $101,000 to $110,700, a 9.6% increase. The homeownership rate of Jefferson County, IA is 66.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Jefferson County, IA have an average commute time of 13 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jefferson County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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