Gowrie, Iowa

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Gowrie, Iowa

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
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Top 16% Gowrie Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Gowrie, Iowa

Comparing Gowrie 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 9 9
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Racial Diversity 4 7
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
College Educated Adults 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 5
Median Family Income 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

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


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

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Gowrie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 110 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Webster
Standard Zip Codes 50543
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.28
Longitude -94.29

Gowrie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.2 inches
Station HUMBOLDT 3 W
Distance 30.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
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Gowrie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,038 100%
Male 475 45.8%
Female 563 54.2%
Under 18 254 24.5%
18+ 784 75.5%
65+ 279 26.9%
Median Age 43.1
Average Family Size 2.96
White 1,021 98.4%
African-American 2 0.2%
Asian 4 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.3%
Other 3 0.3%
Mixed Race 5 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 11 1.1%

Estimated Gowrie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,045
Growth 7
Growth % 0.7%

Gowrie 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 30.9%
Swedish 22.9%
Norwegian 9.5%
Irish 8.8%
English 5.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.3%
US/American 3.5%
Danish 2.8%
Dutch 2.1%
Czech 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Italian 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Greek 0.9%
Swiss 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Polish 0.3%
British 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Slifer (50543)

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)
Gowrie 1,038 $44,342
Callender 424 $42,917
Farnhamville 430 $36,667
Harcourt 340 $42,500
Moorland 197 $51,875
Paton 265 $46,250
Somers 165 $43,750

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Gowrie Public Library
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Gowrie High Schools (2004)

Serves 286 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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