Thompson, Iowa

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Thompson, Iowa

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Thompson Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Thompson Affordability of Rents
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Thompson Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Thompson, Iowa

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 5
People Above Poverty 6 3
Median Family Income 5 3
College Educated Adults 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Short Commute Times 9 6
Walking and Biking to Work 5 4
Public Transportation Use 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
Housing Recently Built 2 4

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Thompson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles SW of Rochester, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Winnebago
Standard Zip Codes 50478
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.371
Longitude -93.773

Thompson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 21 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches
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Thompson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 596 100%
Male 282 47.3%
Female 314 52.7%
Under 18 140 23.5%
18+ 456 76.5%
65+ 124 20.8%
Median Age 37.5
Average Family Size 2.76
White 582 97.7%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 3 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 4 0.7%
Mixed Race 5 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 9 1.5%

Estimated Thompson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 567
Growth -29
Growth % -4.9%

Thompson 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
Norwegian 46.5%
German 30.1%
US/American 5.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
Irish 4%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
Dutch 2%
English 1.6%
Danish 1.5%
Swedish 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Thompson 596 $39,688
Buffalo Center 963 $43,333
Crystal Lake 285 $32,500
Forest City 4,362 $50,699
Leland 258 $40,000
Rake 227 $33,750
Woden 243 $39,250

Thompson Public Libraries

Thompson Public Library
"142 JACKSON ST N., PO BOX 81"
Thompson, Iowa
(641) 584-2829

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