Elgin, Iowa

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Elgin, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Elgin Affordability of Rents
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Elgin Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 19% Elgin Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Elgin, Iowa

Comparing Elgin 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 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Racial Diversity 1 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
College Educated Adults 5 4
Median Family Income 5 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 5
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Working at Home 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 9
Housing Recently Built 3 6

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Elgin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles NE of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Fayette
Standard Zip Codes 52141
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.957
Longitude -91.63

Elgin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
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Elgin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 676 100%
Male 322 47.6%
Female 354 52.4%
Under 18 140 20.7%
18+ 536 79.3%
65+ 197 29.1%
Median Age 44.3
Average Family Size 2.7
White 675 99.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 0 0%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.3%

Estimated Elgin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 656
Growth -20
Growth % -3%

Elgin 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 27.6%
Norwegian 25.7%
Swiss 14.2%
US/American 9.5%
English 6%
Irish 5.4%
Swedish 3.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.1%
Dutch 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Welsh 1%
Czech 0.6%
Greek 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Brainard (52141)

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)
Elgin 676 $38,571
Castalia 175 $25,833
Clermont 716 $39,792
Luana 249 $40,357
Postville 2,273 $40,125
Wadena 243 $31,563
West Union 2,549 $45,128

Elgin Public Libraries

Elgin Public Library
"214 MAIN ST., BOX 36"
Elgin, Iowa
(563) 426-5313

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Elgin High Schools (2004)

23493 CANOE RD
Serves 290 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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