O'Brien County, IA

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Population

13,944

0.79% decline

Median Age

43.3


Median Household Income

$56,314

7.32% growth

Poverty Rate

9.73%


Number of Employees

7,418

2.13% growth

Median Property Value

$108,000

0.186% growth

About

In 2017, O'Brien County, IA had a population of 13.9k people with a median age of 43.3 and a median household income of $56,314. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of O'Brien County, IA declined from 14,055 to 13,944, a -0.79% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,474 to $56,314, a 7.32% increase.

The population of O'Brien County, IA is 93.2% White Alone, 4.46% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.889% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in O'Brien County, IA speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in O'Brien County, IA is $108,000, and the homeownership rate is 71%. Most people in O'Brien County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.3 minutes. The average car ownership in O'Brien County, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of O'Brien County, IA employs 7.42k people. The largest industries in O'Brien County, IA are Manufacturing (1,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,119 people), and Retail Trade (943 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,607), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,635), and Wholesale Trade ($48,750).

Median household income in O'Brien County, IA is $56,314. Males in O'Brien 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 O'Brien County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,314

2017 value

± $5,663

7.32%

1 Year Growth

± 13.1%

Households in O'Brien County, IA have a median annual income of $56,314, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,474 in 2016, which represents a 7.32% 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 O'Brien 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 4902

  2. Census Tract 4904

  3. Census Tract 4901

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in O'Brien County, IA was Census Tract 4902 with a value of $57,476, followed by Census Tract 4904 and Census Tract 4901, with respective values of $56,083 and $54,338.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.73% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in O'Brien County, IA (1.33k out of 13.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females < 5.

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

    1,176 ± 193

  2. Hispanic

    106 ± 58

  3. Asian

    48 ± 73

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in O'Brien County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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

7.42k

2017 Value

± 441

2.13%

1 Year growth

± 8.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in O'Brien County, IA grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 7.26k employees to 7.42k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in O'Brien County, IA, are Production Occupations (1,028 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (900 people), and Management Occupations (860 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of O'Brien County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of O'Brien County, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,028 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (900 people), and Management Occupations (860 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, O'Brien County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.53 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.39 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of O'Brien County, IA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($132,731), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,482), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,973).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.42k

2017 Value

± 441

2.13%

1 Year growth

± 8.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in O'Brien County, IA grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 7.26k employees to 7.42k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in O'Brien County, IA, are Manufacturing (1,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,119 people), and Retail Trade (943 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of O'Brien County, IA, though some of these residents may live in O'Brien 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 O'Brien County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,119 people), and Retail Trade (943 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, O'Brien County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (9.04 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.89 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in O'Brien County, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,607), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,635), and Wholesale Trade ($48,750).

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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

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

95.1% of the population of O'Brien County, IA has health coverage, with 47.9% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 16.8% on non-group plans, and 1.6% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in O'Brien County, IA see 1748 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.512% decrease from the previous year (1757 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1558 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4673 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

1,748 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in O'Brien County, IA see an average of 1,748 patients per year. This represents a 0.512% decrease from the previous year (1,757 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in O'Brien 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

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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

4.92%

Uninsured

47.9%

Employer Coverage

14.5%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

16.8%

Non-Group

1.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in O'Brien County, IA declined by 10.3% from 5.49% to 4.92%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in O'Brien 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

O'Brien County, IA is home to a population of 13.9k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.74% of O'Brien County, IA residents were born outside of the country (382 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of O'Brien County, IA is composed of 13k White Alone residents (93.2%), 622 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.46%), 124 Asian Alone residents (0.889%), 102 Black or African American Alone residents (0.731%), 77 Two or More Races residents (0.552%), 26 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.186%), 3 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0215%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in O'Brien County, IA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in O'Brien County, IA was 43.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in O'Brien County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all O'Brien County, IA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.74%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

382 people

2.56%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

360 people

As of 2017, 2.74% of O'Brien County, IA residents (382 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 O'Brien County, IA was 2.56%, 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

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of O'Brien County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in O'Brien County, IA was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    13k ± 15

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    622 ± 146

  3. Asian Alone

    124 ± 24

In 2017, there were 20.9 times more White Alone residents (13k people) in O'Brien County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 622 Hispanic or Latino and 124 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in O'Brien County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of O'Brien County, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in O'Brien County, IA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of O'Brien County, IA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    379 ± 72

  2. Korea

    207 ± 62

  3. World War II

    85 ± 44

O'Brien County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in O'Brien County, IA was $108,000 in 2017, which is 0.496 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $107,800 to $108,000, a 0.186% increase. The homeownership rate in O'Brien County, IA is 71%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in O'Brien County, IA have an average commute time of 15.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in O'Brien County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$56,314

Median Household Income

± $5,663

6.1k

Number of Households

± 401

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.1k households in O'Brien County, IA grew to $56,314 from the previous year's value of $52,474.

The following chart displays the households in O'Brien 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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Housing

Property Value

$108,000

2017 Median

± $6,507

$107,800

2016 Median

± $6,375

In 2017, the median property value in O'Brien County, IA grew to to $108,000 from the previous year's value of $107,800.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

71%

2017 Homeownership

71.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71% of the housing units in O'Brien County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71.9%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

15.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in O'Brien County, IA have a shorter commute time (15.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% of the workforce in O'Brien County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.7%

  2. Carpooled

    10.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.96%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in O'Brien County, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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