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People

Total Population 2,592
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,360
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 62.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.2%
Median Earnings25+ $35,792
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,439

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,417
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $467
Median House Value $106,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 5.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rock Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 150 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Lyon
Standard Zip Codes 51246
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.427
Longitude -96.175

Rock Rapids Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROCK RAPIDS
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 27.4 inches
Station SHELDON
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 60 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Station CANTON 4 WNW
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 23.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Edna (51246)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alvord 231 $69,375
Doon 538 $71,250
George 1,065 $59,265
Larchwood 952 $70,909
Lester 268 $73,125
Little Rock 492 $57,778

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rock Rapids Public Libraries

Library
Rock Rapids Public Library
102 SOUTH GREENE
Rock Rapids, Iowa
(712) 472-3541

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Rock Rapids Hospitals

MERRILL PIONEER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
801 SOUTH GREENE STREET
(712) 472-2591
Emergency Service: No

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Rock Rapids High Schools

CENTRAL LYON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1010 S GREENE STREET
712-472-4051
Serves 198 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

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