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1.79% growth
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-1.62% decline
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1.64% growth
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1.1% growth


The economy of Story County, IA employs 50,519 people. The economy of Story County, IA is specialized in Educational Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 2.67; 1.69; and 1.16 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Story County, IA are Educational Services (12,608), Healthcare & Social Assistance (6,143), and Manufacturing (5,242), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($66,212), Utilities ($65,078), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,422).

Median household income in Story County, IA is $50,438. Males in Story County, IA have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,167. The income inequality of Story County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Story County, IA. In Story County, IA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 18-24 and 18-24, 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 $7,694. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Story County, IA is home to a population of 93,586 people, from which 93.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Story County, IA is composed of 80,101 White residents (85.6%), 6,121 Asian residents (6.54%), 2,899 Hispanic residents (3.1%), 2,134 Black residents (2.28%), and 2,133 Two+ residents (2.28%). The most common foreign languages in Story County, IA are Chinese (3,064 speakers), Spanish (1,898 speakers), and Arabic (462 speakers), but compared to other places, Story County, IA has a relative high number of Chinese (3,064 speakers), Other Pacific Island (259 speakers), and Arabic (462 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Story County, IA awarded 7,899 degrees. The student population of Story County, IA is skewed away from females, with 4,074 male students and 3,825 female students. Most students in Story County, IA are White (5,888 and 74.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (284 and 3.6%), Unknown (268 and 3.39%), and Asian (200 and 2.53%). The largest universities in Story County, IA by number of graduates are Iowa State University (7,821 and 99%), PCI Academy-Ames (78 and 0.99%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Story County, IA are Mechanical Engineering (316 and 4%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (236 and 2.99%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (234 and 2.96%). The median tuition costs in Story County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,648 and $19,768 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 Story County, IA is $166,000, which is 0.85 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $164,200 to $166,000, a 1.1% increase. The homeownership rate of Story County, IA is 53.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Story County, IA have an average commute time of 16.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Story County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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