Russell, Iowa

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Russell, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 11% Russell Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Russell Affordability of Rents
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 13% Russell Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Russell Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Russell, Iowa

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
People Above Poverty 2 1
Median Family Income 2 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 8 8
Short Commute Times 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
People Living Alone 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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Russell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles SE of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Lucas
Standard Zip Codes 50238
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.981
Longitude -93.198

Russell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CHARITON 1 E
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
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Russell Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 559 100%
Male 264 47.2%
Female 295 52.8%
Under 18 151 27%
18+ 408 73%
65+ 128 22.9%
Median Age 40.3
Average Family Size 2.97
White 551 98.6%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 5 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.4%

Estimated Russell Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 587
Growth 28
Growth % 5%

Russell 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 29.3%
US/American 17.2%
Irish 13.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
English 10.9%
Dutch 3.3%
Swedish 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Danish 2.1%
Scottish 1.5%
Welsh 1.2%
French Canadian 0.9%
British 0.9%
Polish 0.6%
Norwegian 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bethlehem (50238)
New York (50238)

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)
Russell 559 $29,688
Chariton 4,573 $37,935
Derby 131 $31,250
Lucas 243 $38,750
Melcher-Dallas 1,298 $42,167
Promise City 105 $25,000
Williamson 163 $25,833
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Russell High Schools (2004)

Serves 76 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

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