Washington County, IA

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Population

22,095

0.0904% decline

Median Age

40.8


Median Household Income

$59,157

4.03% growth

Poverty Rate

9.13%


Number of Employees

11,244

1.08% decline

Median Property Value

$140,400

10.1% growth

About

In 2017, Washington County, IA had a population of 22.1k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $59,157. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Washington County, IA declined from 22,115 to 22,095, a -0.0904% decrease and its median household income grew from $56,864 to $59,157, a 4.03% increase.

The population of Washington County, IA is 91.5% White Alone, 5.86% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.932% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Washington County, IA speak a non-English language, and 98.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington County, IA are Shiloh University (10 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Washington County, IA is $140,400, and the homeownership rate is 72.6%. Most people in Washington County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington County, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Washington County, IA employs 11.2k people. The largest industries in Washington County, IA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,777 people), Retail Trade (1,571 people), and Educational Services (1,272 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,125), Utilities ($51,250), and Public Administration ($46,385).

Median household income in Washington County, IA is $59,157. Males in Washington County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Washington County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,157

2017 value

± $2,412

4.03%

1 Year Growth

± 5.52%

Households in Washington County, IA have a median annual income of $59,157, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,864 in 2016, which represents a 4.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Washington County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9605

  2. Census Tract 9601

  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington County, IA was Census Tract 9605 with a value of $79,813, followed by Census Tract 9601 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $66,023 and $61,144.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Washington County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington County, IA (1.98k out of 21.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 75+.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,771 ± 216

  2. Hispanic

    243 ± 102

  3. Black

    89 ± 82

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Washington County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.2k

2017 Value

± 534

-1.08%

1 Year decline

± 6.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, IA declined at a rate of -1.08%, from 11.4k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,491 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,197 people), and Management Occupations (1,037 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,491 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,197 people), and Management Occupations (1,037 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.03 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.02 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.85 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,818), Management Occupations ($58,866), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($53,194).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.2k

2017 Value

± 534

-1.08%

1 Year decline

± 6.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington County, IA declined at a rate of -1.08%, from 11.4k employees to 11.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington County, IA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,777 people), Retail Trade (1,571 people), and Educational Services (1,272 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Washington County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Washington County, IA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,777 people), Retail Trade (1,571 people), and Educational Services (1,272 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.01 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.43 times), and Construction (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington County, IA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,125), Utilities ($51,250), and Public Administration ($46,385).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $20.9B

  3. $18.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($20.9B) and Other ag prods. ($18.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

36.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 36.7% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.9B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $12.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.9B, followed by Minnesota with $17.7B and Nebraska and $12.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.6% of the population of Washington County, IA has health coverage, with 48.8% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 15.7% on non-group plans, and 0.716% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Washington County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Washington County, IA see 1390 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.798% increase from the previous year (1379 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2476 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1857 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,390 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Washington County, IA see an average of 1,390 patients per year. This represents a 0.798% increase from the previous year (1,379 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Washington County, IA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.38%

Uninsured

48.8%

Employer Coverage

13.3%

Medicaid

13.1%

Medicare

15.7%

Non-Group

0.716%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington County, IA declined by 2.77% from 8.62% to 8.38%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Washington County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Washington County, IA is home to a population of 22.1k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.16% of Washington County, IA residents were born outside of the country (699 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Washington County, IA is composed of 20.2k White Alone residents (91.5%), 1.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.86%), 206 Two or More Races residents (0.932%), 189 Black or African American Alone residents (0.855%), 123 Asian Alone residents (0.557%), 56 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.253%), 9 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0407%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 13.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Washington County, IA was 40.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Washington County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Washington County, IA residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

699 people

2.98%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

660 people

As of 2017, 3.16% of Washington County, IA residents (699 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Washington County, IA was 2.98%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

98.6%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.6% of Washington County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Washington County, IA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    20.2k ± 8

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.3k ± 131

  3. Two or More Races

    206 ± 69.5

In 2017, there were 15.6 times more White Alone residents (20.2k people) in Washington County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.3k Hispanic or Latino and 206 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Washington County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    491 ± 96

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    210 ± 75

  3. Korea

    169 ± 59

Washington County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Washington County, IA awarded 10 degrees. The student population of Washington County, IA is skewed towards women, with 26 male students and 27 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington County, IA are White (9 and 90%), followed by Black or African American (1 and 10%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Washington County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Shiloh University (10 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Washington County, IA are Divinity & Ministry (6 and 60%), Other Theological & Ministerial Studies (3 and 30%), and Christian Studies (1 and 10%).

The median tuition costs in Washington County, IA are $4,500 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. 6 degrees awarded

  3. 0 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Washington County, IA was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Masters Degree from schools in Washington County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

10 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$4,500

Median Private

In 2017, the Washington County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Shiloh University with 10 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8

Degrees Awarded to Men

2

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 8 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington County, IA, which is 4 times more than the 2 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Washington County, IA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Washington County, IA were to White students. These 9 degrees mean that there were 9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington County, IA was $140,400 in 2017, which is 0.611 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $127,500 to $140,400, a 10.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington County, IA is 72.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington County, IA have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Washington County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$140,400

2017 Median

± $7,888

$127,500

2016 Median

± $7,853

In 2017, the median property value in Washington County, IA grew to to $140,400 from the previous year's value of $127,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Washington County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$59,157

Median Household Income

± $2,412

8.67k

Number of Households

± 463

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.67k households in Washington County, IA grew to $59,157 from the previous year's value of $56,864.

The following chart displays the households in Washington County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Washington County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.6%

2017 Homeownership

72.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.6% of the housing units in Washington County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Washington County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington County, IA have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.455% of the workforce in Washington County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.4%

  2. Carpooled

    11.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Washington County, IA was Drove Alone (77.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.4%) and those who Worked At Home (4.93%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Washington County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Washington County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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