Webster County, IA

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2019 Population
36,545
0.577% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
39
0.256% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
13.7%
10.4% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$47,466
7.24% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$99,100
2.59% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
16,772
1.53% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Webster County, IA had a population of 36.5k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $47,466. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Webster County, IA declined from 36,757 to 36,545, a −0.577% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,261 to $47,466, a 7.24% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Webster County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.67%), White (Hispanic) (3.49%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.43%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%). 0% of the households in Webster County, IA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.2% of the residents in Webster County, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Webster County, IA are Iowa Central Community College (1,132 degrees awarded in 2019) and La James International College-Ft Dodge (17 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Webster County, IA was $99,100, and the homeownership rate was 68%. Most people in Webster County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Webster County, IA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Webster County, IA is home to a population of 36.5k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 2.82% of Webster County, IA residents were born outside of the country (1.03k people).

In 2019, there were 18.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.8k people) in Webster County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Webster County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    31.8k ± 16
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.71k ± 142
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.27k ± 190
5.03%
Hispanic Population
1.84k people

In 2019, there were 18.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.8k people) in Webster County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.03% of the people in Webster County, IA are hispanic (1.84k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Webster County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.82%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.03k people
2.64%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
971 people

As of 2019, 2.82% of Webster County, IA residents (1.03k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Webster County, IA was 2.64%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Webster County, IA was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Webster County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Webster County, IA residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,002 ± 4,998 people
  2. India
    10,599 ± 2,523 people
  3. China
    9,583 ± 2,400 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,002 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,599 and China with 9,583.

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Citizenship

98.2%
2019 Citizenship
98.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.2% of Webster County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Webster County, IA was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    880 ± 147
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    451 ± 174
  3. Korea
    196 ± 70

Webster County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Iowa, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Iowa (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Iowa across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Webster County, IA is $47,466. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Webster County, IA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $70,069, followed by Census Tract 101 and Census Tract 103, with respective values of $62,396 and $54,311.

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,610. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Webster County, IA employs 16.8k people. The largest industries in Webster County, IA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,531 people), Manufacturing (2,217 people), and Retail Trade (2,184 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,036), Public Administration ($53,105), and Manufacturing ($49,827).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,466
2019 value
± $3,472
7.24%
1 Year Growth
± 8.25%

Households in Webster County, IA have a median annual income of $47,466, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,261 in 2018, which represents a 7.24% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,795
Average Male Salary in Iowa
± $1,739
$46,610
Average Female Salary in Iowa
± $1,263

In 2019, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Iowa
  1. Asian
    $49,650 ± $7,144
  2. White
    $48,053 ± $1,042
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $41,188 ± $22,357

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Iowa.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Webster County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.443
2018 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2019, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 102
  2. Census Tract 101
  3. Census Tract 103

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Webster County, IA was Census Tract 102 with a value of $70,069, followed by Census Tract 101 and Census Tract 103, with respective values of $62,396 and $54,311.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Webster County, IA (4.63k out of 33.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

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
    3,817 ± 365
  2. Black
    633 ± 178
  3. Hispanic
    337 ± 119

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Webster County, IA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

16.8k
2019 Value
± 753
−1.53%
1 Year decline
± 6.51%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Webster County, IA declined at a rate of −1.53%, from 17k employees to 16.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Webster County, IA, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,795 people), Management Occupations (1,583 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,540 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Webster County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Webster County, IA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,795 people), Management Occupations (1,583 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,540 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Webster County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.41 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.57 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Webster County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,250), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,122), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($60,568).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.8k
2019 Value
± 753
−1.53%
1 Year decline
± 6.51%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Webster County, IA declined at a rate of −1.53%, from 17k employees to 16.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Webster County, IA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,531 people), Manufacturing (2,217 people), and Retail Trade (2,184 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Webster County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Webster 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 Webster County, IA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,531 people), Manufacturing (2,217 people), and Retail Trade (2,184 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Webster County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.7 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.32 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Webster County, IA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,036), Public Administration ($53,105), and Manufacturing ($49,827).

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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. $30.3B
  2. $20.5B
  3. $19B

In 2018, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $30.3B, followed by Other ag prods. ($20.5B) and Machinery ($19B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Iowa.
$262B
2018 Value in Iowa
$426B
Projected 2045 Value in Iowa
62.3% growth

In 2018, total outbound Iowa trade was $262B. This is expected to increase 62.3% to $426B 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. $24.6B
  2. $15.1B
  3. $11.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $24.6B, followed by Minnesota with $15.1B and Nebraska and $11.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Webster County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 57.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (36.2%), followed by Other (6.13%). The most partisan county was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Webster County, IA
57.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Iowa
  1. 81.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 81.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Iowa was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Iowa colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Webster County, IA awarded 1,149 degrees. The student population of Webster County, IA is skewed towards men, with 2,638 male students and 2,615 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Webster County, IA are White (840 and 75.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (109 and 9.79%), Black or African American (82 and 7.37%), and Unknown (55 and 4.94%).

The largest universities in Webster County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa Central Community College (1,132 and 98.5%) and La James International College-Ft Dodge (17 and 1.48%).

The most popular majors in Webster County, IA are General Studies (386 and 33.6%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (179 and 15.6%), and Registered Nursing (62 and 5.4%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 61 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 386 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 62 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Webster County, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 61 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Webster County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,132 degrees awarded
  2. 17 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Webster County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Iowa Central Community College with 1,132 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

480
Degrees Awarded to Men
669
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 480 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Webster County, IA, which is 0.717 times less than the 669 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Webster County, IA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    840 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    109 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    82 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Webster County, IA was White students. These 840 degrees mean that there were 7.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 109 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Webster County, IA was $99,100 in 2019, which is 0.412 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $96,600 to $99,100, a 2.59% increase. The homeownership rate in Webster County, IA is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Webster County, IA have an average commute time of 15.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Webster County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$99,100
2019 Median
± $4,065
$96,600
2018 Median
± $3,759

In 2019, the median property value in Webster County, IA grew to to $99,100 from the previous year's value of $96,600.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$47,466
Median Household Income
± $3,472
15.3k
Number of Households
± 747

In 2019, the median household income of the 15.3k households in Webster County, IA grew to $47,466 from the previous year's value of $44,261.

The following chart displays the households in Webster 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Webster County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Webster County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

68%
2019 Homeownership
67.5%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 68% of the housing units in Webster County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Webster County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Webster County, IA have a shorter commute time (15.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Webster County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.52%)

In 2019, 80.5% of workers in Webster County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.2%) and those who worked at home (4.52%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

94.5% of the population of Webster County, IA has health coverage, with 47.4% on employee plans, 18.9% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Webster County, IA see 1649 patients per year on average, which represents a 14.4% decrease from the previous year (1927 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1330 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 378 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.3%). Additionally, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,649 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Webster County, IA

Primary care physicians in Webster County, IA see an average of 1,649 patients per year. This represents a 14.4% decrease from the previous year (1,927 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Webster County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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

Data only available at state level.
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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Iowa
$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

5.55%
Uninsured
47.4%
Employer Coverage
18.9%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
13.2%
Non-Group
1.61%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Webster County, IA grew by 8.96% from 5.09% to 5.55%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Webster 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. 20.3% prevalence
  2. 19.5% prevalence
  3. 16.1% prevalence

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 20.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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