Elkader, Iowa

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Elkader, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Elkader Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Elkader Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Elkader Affordability of Rents
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Elkader Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Elkader, Iowa

Comparing Elkader 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 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 3
Racial Diversity 1 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
Median Family Income 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 9 10
Public Transportation Use 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Elkader Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles NW of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 167 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Clayton
Standard Zip Codes 52043
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.853
Longitude -91.405

Elkader Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.4 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
Station WAUKON
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.8 inches
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
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Elkader Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,465 100%
Male 653 44.6%
Female 812 55.4%
Under 18 302 20.6%
18+ 1,163 79.4%
65+ 395 27%
Median Age 45.4
Average Family Size 2.77
White 1,454 99.2%
African-American 3 0.2%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 7 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1 0.1%

Estimated Elkader Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,383
Growth -82
Growth % -5.6%

Elkader 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 52.6%
Norwegian 14.8%
Irish 10.5%
English 4.2%
US/American 3.5%
Danish 2%
Polish 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
Swedish 1.2%
Swiss 1.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Welsh 0.8%
European 0.7%
French Canadian 0.4%
Italian 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clayton Center (52043)
Communia (52043)
Mederville (52043)
Osborne (52043)

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)
Elkader 1,465 $41,830
Farmersburg 300 $40,694
Garber 103 $28,125
Garnavillo 754 $44,107
St. Olaf 136 $36,250
Volga 247 $29,821
Wadena 243 $31,563

Elkader Public Libraries

Elkader Public Library
"130 N MAIN, BOX 310"
Elkader, Iowa
(319) 245-1446

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Elkader High Schools (2004)

Serves 311 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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