Dows, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Dows Affordability of Property Taxes
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Dows Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Dows Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Dows, Iowa

Comparing Dows 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
Age of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 10
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 1
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 5
Median Family Income 3 1
People in Middle Class or Better 3 1
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Short Commute Times 7 3
Working at Home 4 3
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 10
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
Housing Recently Built 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Dows Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles N of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 158 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Wright
Standard Zip Codes 50071
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.656
Longitude -93.5

Dows Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches
Station BRITT
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
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Dows Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 675 100%
Male 319 47.3%
Female 356 52.7%
Under 18 135 20%
18+ 540 80%
65+ 177 26.2%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 2.97
White 623 92.3%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 6 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 43 6.4%
Mixed Race 3 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 62 9.2%

Estimated Dows Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 604
Growth -71
Growth % -10.5%

Dows 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 43.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
Norwegian 9.6%
US/American 6.3%
English 5.7%
Irish 5.2%
French (except Basque) 3.8%
Danish 2.7%
Swedish 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
Swiss 1%
Pennsylvania German 1%
Bulgarian 0.6%
European 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Scottish 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Italian 0.4%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dows 675 $35,156
Alden 904 $39,524
Alexander 165 $33,750
Coulter 262 $38,958
Latimer 535 $35,833
Rowan 218 $34,531
Williams 427 $41,094

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Dows Community Library
Dows, Iowa
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