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Wapello County, IA&

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-0.26% decline
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1.39% growth
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4.55% growth


The economy of Wapello County, IA employs 16,128 people. The economy of Wapello County, IA is specialized in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Healthcare & Social Assistance, which employ respectively 2.35; 1.35; and 1.14 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Wapello County, IA are Manufacturing (3,937), Healthcare & Social Assistance (2,537), and Retail trade (1,909), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,136), Educational Services ($39,375), and Finance & Insurance ($34,038).

Median household income in Wapello County, IA is $42,095. Males in Wapello County, IA have an average income that is 1.47 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,743. The income inequality of Wapello County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461 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 Wapello County, IA. In Wapello 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 80 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,953. Wapello County, IA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Iowa.


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Wapello County, IA is home to a population of 35,315 people, from which 94% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Wapello County, IA is composed of 30,219 White residents (85.6%), 3,499 Hispanic residents (9.9%), 714 Black residents (2.02%), 456 Two+ residents (1.29%), and 317 Asian residents (0.9%). The most common foreign languages in Wapello County, IA are Spanish (3,128 speakers), African Languages (217 speakers), and Vietnamese (104 speakers), but compared to other places, Wapello County, IA has a relative high number of Laotian (92 speakers), Other Native North American (52 speakers), and African Languages (217 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Wapello County, IA awarded 1,428 degrees. The student population of Wapello County, IA is skewed towards females, with 618 male students and 810 female students. Most students in Wapello County, IA are White (1,182 and 82.8%), followed by Black or African American (106 and 7.42%), Unknown (42 and 2.94%), and Hispanic or Latino (32 and 2.24%). The largest universities in Wapello County, IA by number of graduates are Indian Hills Community College (1,408 and 98.6%), Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa (20 and 1.4%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Wapello County, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (403 and 28.2%), Registered Nursing (170 and 11.9%), and Radiographer (27 and 1.89%). The median tuition costs in Wapello County, IA are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Wapello County, IA is $80,400, which is 0.41 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $76,900 to $80,400, a 4.55% increase. The homeownership rate of Wapello County, IA is 73.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wapello County, IA have an average commute time of 17.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wapello County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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