Jefferson, Iowa

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Jefferson, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Jefferson Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Jefferson Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Jefferson Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Jefferson, Iowa

Comparing Jefferson 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 7 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 4
Racial Diversity 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 2 3


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

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 8
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 3 5

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Jefferson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles W of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Greene
Standard Zip Codes 50129
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.015
Longitude -94.377

Jefferson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
Station PERRY
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches
Distance 29.7 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
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Jefferson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 4,626 100%
Male 2,109 45.6%
Female 2,517 54.4%
Under 18 1,097 23.7%
18+ 3,529 76.3%
65+ 1,223 26.4%
Median Age 43.1
Average Family Size 2.88
White 4,532 98%
African-American 7 0.2%
Asian 18 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 28 0.6%
Mixed Race 29 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 80 1.7%

Estimated Jefferson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,407
Growth -219
Growth % -4.7%

Jefferson 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 37.3%
US/American 13.7%
Irish 11.1%
English 10.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
Swedish 3.2%
Norwegian 2.7%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Italian 2.5%
Dutch 2.5%
Scottish 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Danish 1.6%
Welsh 1%
European 0.6%
Czech 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
Russian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Jefferson 4,626 $42,754
Bagley 354 $38,036
Churdan 418 $32,273
Dawson 155 $45,250
Grand Junction 964 $34,875
Rippey 319 $42,656
Scranton 604 $38,542

Jefferson Public Libraries

Jefferson Public Library
Jefferson, Iowa
(515) 386-2835

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Jefferson Hospitals

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(515) 386-2114
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jefferson High Schools (2004)

Serves 430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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