Melbourne, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Melbourne People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Melbourne Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Melbourne Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Melbourne Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Melbourne, Iowa

Comparing Melbourne 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
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Senior Citizens 2 2
Age of the Population 2 1
Racial Diversity 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 7
Average Household Size 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 7 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Public Transportation Use 3 4
Short Commute Times 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Housing Recently Built 4 7
People Living Alone 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Melbourne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 154 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 50162
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.941
Longitude -93.103

Melbourne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station COLO
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
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Melbourne Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 794 100%
Male 388 48.9%
Female 406 51.1%
Under 18 218 27.5%
18+ 576 72.5%
65+ 87 11%
Median Age 33
Average Family Size 3.07
White 790 99.5%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 3 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.4%

Estimated Melbourne Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 795
Growth 1
Growth % 0.1%

Melbourne 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 50.5%
Irish 15.7%
US/American 13.2%
English 5.5%
French (except Basque) 2%
Danish 1.8%
Norwegian 1.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.4%
Dutch 1.4%
Swedish 1.2%
Swiss 1.2%
Italian 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Polish 0.7%
Czech 0.5%
Syrian 0.4%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Van Cleve (50162)

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)
Melbourne 794 $51,250
Baxter 1,052 $42,411
Collins 499 $42,422
Haverhill 170 $48,250
Laurel 266 $38,125
Rhodes 294 $41,786
State Center 1,349 $45,156

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Melbourne Public Library
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