Bedford, Iowa

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High Points

Bedford strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Bedford Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 18% Bedford Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Bedford, Iowa

Comparing Bedford 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 3 1
Racial Diversity 3 5
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 1
College Educated Adults 4 3
Median Family Income 3 1
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Public Transportation Use 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
People Living Alone 8 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
Housing Recently Built 2 2

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Bedford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles N of St. Joseph, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Taylor
Standard Zip Codes 50833
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.666
Longitude -94.721

Bedford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Station MOUNT AYR 4 SW
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
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Bedford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,620 100%
Male 740 45.7%
Female 880 54.3%
Under 18 372 23%
18+ 1,248 77%
65+ 432 26.7%
Median Age 42.2
Average Family Size 2.95
White 1,590 98.1%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 2 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.2%
Other 12 0.7%
Mixed Race 11 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 27 1.7%

Estimated Bedford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,525
Growth -95
Growth % -5.9%

Bedford 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
German 27.4%
English 16.9%
Irish 14.9%
US/American 14.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
Dutch 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Swedish 2.5%
Norwegian 2%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Pennsylvania German 1.4%
Scottish 1%
Danish 0.8%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.4%
Italian 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Siam (50833)

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)
Bedford 1,620 $34,943
Blockton 192 $28,125
Clearfield 371 $35,125
Gravity 218 $30,000
Lenox 1,401 $37,917
New Market 456 $34,896
Shambaugh 188 $45,179

Bedford Public Libraries

Bedford Public Library
Bedford, Iowa
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Bedford High Schools (2004)

Serves 387 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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