Beacon, Iowa

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Beacon, Iowa

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Comparative Profile of Beacon, Iowa

Comparing Beacon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Senior Citizens 4 2
Age of the Population 3 2
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1
Racial Diversity 3 5
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 7
Average Household Size 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 7 4
Median Family Income 3 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Short Commute Times 8 5
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 10
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 1
People Living Alone 2 1

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Beacon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles SE of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 169 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Mahaska
Standard Zip Codes 52534
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.276
Longitude -92.679

Beacon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
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Beacon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 518 100%
Male 271 52.3%
Female 247 47.7%
Under 18 130 25.1%
18+ 388 74.9%
65+ 67 12.9%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 2.85
White 500 96.5%
African-American 2 0.4%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.6%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 13 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.4%

Estimated Beacon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 525
Growth 7
Growth % 1.4%

Beacon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 30.8%
Dutch 17.9%
German 13.3%
English 7.6%
Scotch-Irish 6.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.5%
Croatian 2.7%
Norwegian 2.7%
Italian 2.7%
Irish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
Swedish 1.9%
Polish 1.1%
Scottish 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
Welsh 0.4%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Beacon, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Evans Junction (52534)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Beacon 518 $35,469
Bussey 450 $42,857
Eddyville 1,064 $40,875
Leighton 153 $46,667
Oskaloosa 10,938 $42,138
Rose Hill 205 $32,143
University Park 536 $35,682
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