Dexter, Iowa

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High Points

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

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Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Dexter Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Dexter Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Dexter, Iowa

Comparing Dexter 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 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Racial Diversity 6 9
Senior Citizens 5 3
Age of the Population 4 3
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 7 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 5
College Educated Adults 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Working at Home 4 2
Short Commute Times 2 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
People Living Alone 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Dexter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dallas
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50070
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.518
Longitude -94.226

Dexter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
Station PERRY
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches
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Dexter Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 689 100%
Male 344 49.9%
Female 345 50.1%
Under 18 195 28.3%
18+ 494 71.7%
65+ 106 15.4%
Median Age 36.2
Average Family Size 3.07
White 674 97.8%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 9 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 2 0.3%
Mixed Race 2 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 1.2%

Estimated Dexter Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 803
Growth 114
Growth % 16.5%

Dexter 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 33.6%
Irish 13%
English 12.3%
US/American 9.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
French (except Basque) 6.6%
Swedish 4.3%
Dutch 3.8%
European 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.8%
Danish 1.7%
Norwegian 1.2%
Polish 0.9%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dexter 689 $44,861
De Soto 1,009 $51,397
Earlham 1,298 $54,519
Linden 226 $32,917
Menlo 365 $31,875
Redfield 833 $43,056
Stuart 1,712 $41,600

Dexter Public Libraries

Dexter Public Library
"724 MARSHALL, BOX 37"
Dexter, Iowa
(515) 789-4490

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