Merrill, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Merrill Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Merrill Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Merrill People in Middle Class or Better
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Merrill Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Merrill, Iowa

Comparing Merrill 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 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Senior Citizens 7 4
Racial Diversity 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Age of the Population 4 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 6
Working at Home 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Public Transportation Use 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 10
Affordability of Rents 6 4
People Living Alone 4 3
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1

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Merrill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NE of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 51038
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.719
Longitude -96.248

Merrill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LE MARS
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 26.5 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 25.9 inches
Distance 36.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
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Merrill Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 754 100%
Male 401 53.2%
Female 353 46.8%
Under 18 235 31.2%
18+ 519 68.8%
65+ 132 17.5%
Median Age 35.6
Average Family Size 3.24
White 742 98.4%
African-American 3 0.4%
Asian 2 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 5 0.7%
Mixed Race 2 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 11 1.5%

Estimated Merrill Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 772
Growth 18
Growth % 2.4%

Merrill 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 49.1%
US/American 8.3%
Dutch 7.2%
Irish 6.9%
Norwegian 6%
Danish 5.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.6%
English 2.7%
Luxemburger 2%
Scottish 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Italian 1.1%
Swiss 0.9%
European 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
British 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Swedish 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Polish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Merrill 754 $50,000
Brunsville 146 $47,841
Hinton 808 $58,958
Le Mars 9,237 $47,409
Oyens 132 $52,500
Remsen 1,762 $48,250
Sioux City 85,013 $45,751

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Merrill Public Library
321-4TH ST
Merrill, Iowa
(712) 938-2503

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