Earlham, Iowa

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Earlham, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Earlham Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Earlham Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Earlham Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 12% Earlham Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Earlham Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Earlham People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Earlham, Iowa

Comparing Earlham 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Senior Citizens 4 2
Racial Diversity 2 4
Age of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 7 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Working at Home 4 3
Short Commute Times 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 6 5
Housing Recently Built 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6

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Earlham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Madison
Standard Zip Codes 50072
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.491
Longitude -94.123

Earlham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.9 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
Station PERRY
Distance 23.6 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
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Earlham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,298 100%
Male 634 48.8%
Female 664 51.2%
Under 18 383 29.5%
18+ 915 70.5%
65+ 173 13.3%
Median Age 32.6
Average Family Size 3.11
White 1,289 99.3%
African-American 2 0.2%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 6 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 8 0.6%

Estimated Earlham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,332
Growth 34
Growth % 2.6%

Earlham 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 31.5%
US/American 16.6%
English 12%
Irish 8.5%
Norwegian 4.8%
Danish 4.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
Dutch 3.7%
Swedish 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.5%
Scottish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Italian 1.3%
Czech 1%
Greek 0.8%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
European 0.4%
French Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Polish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Pitzer (50072)

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)
Earlham 1,298 $54,519
Adel 3,435 $47,065
De Soto 1,009 $51,397
Dexter 689 $44,861
Redfield 833 $43,056
Van Meter 866 $59,000
Winterset 4,768 $42,951

Earlham Public Libraries

Earlham Public Library
"120 S CHESTNUT, BOX 310"
Earlham, Iowa
(515) 758-2121

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Earlham High Schools (2004)

Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

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