Elma, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 7% Elma Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Elma Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Elma, Iowa

Comparing Elma 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 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 2
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 3
People in Middle Class or Better 4 1
People Above Poverty 3 1
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Short Commute Times 4 2
Walking and Biking to Work 3 3
Public Transportation Use 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Elma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles N of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 122 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Howard
Standard Zip Codes 50628
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.246
Longitude -92.435

Elma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 24 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station OSAGE
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Station CRESCO 1 NE
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
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Elma Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 598 100%
Male 281 47%
Female 317 53%
Under 18 123 20.6%
18+ 475 79.4%
65+ 167 27.9%
Median Age 45.6
Average Family Size 2.88
White 594 99.3%
African-American 1 0.2%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 2 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 0 0%

Estimated Elma Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 577
Growth -21
Growth % -3.5%

Elma 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 43.6%
Irish 14.1%
Czech 12.1%
Norwegian 8%
US/American 4.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.9%
English 3.3%
Danish 2.9%
Scottish 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Italian 1%
Polish 0.8%
Austrian 0.6%
European 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lourdes (50628)

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)
Elma 598 $40,417
Alta Vista 286 $39,464
Ionia 277 $40,625
McIntire 173 $38,750
New Hampton 3,692 $50,360
North Washington 118 $41,667
Riceville 840 $41,786

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