Essex, Iowa

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Essex, Iowa

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High Points

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

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Essex Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Essex Affordability of Rents
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Essex Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Essex, Iowa

Comparing Essex 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Senior Citizens 7 5
Age of the Population 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
College Educated Adults 6 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Working at Home 4 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 8
People Living Alone 4 3
Housing Recently Built 2 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Essex Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Page
Standard Zip Codes 51638
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.833
Longitude -95.308

Essex Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Distance 32.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
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Essex Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 884 100%
Male 442 50%
Female 442 50%
Under 18 224 25.3%
18+ 660 74.7%
65+ 161 18.2%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 2.94
White 865 97.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.6%
Other 3 0.3%
Mixed Race 11 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 0.7%

Estimated Essex Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 840
Growth -44
Growth % -5%

Essex 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 22.6%
Swedish 21.5%
US/American 13.3%
Irish 12.6%
English 8.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
Dutch 3.4%
Norwegian 2.5%
Scottish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Italian 0.9%
Polish 0.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.6%
Danish 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Essex 884 $51,806
Coin 252 $45,313
Emerson 480 $36,406
Farragut 509 $47,813
Randolph 209 $36,500
Red Oak 6,197 $37,007
Shenandoah 5,546 $39,110

Essex Public Libraries

Lied Public Library
"501 IOWA, BOX 298"
Essex, Iowa
(712) 379-3355

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Essex High Schools (2004)

Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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