Buchanan County, IA

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2022 Population
20,631
0.16% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.5
0.765% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.63%
7.51% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$73,493
3.48% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$166,200
13.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Buchanan County, IA had a population of 20.6k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $73,493. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Buchanan County, IA grew from 20,598 to 20,631, a 0.16% increase and its median household income grew from $71,024 to $73,493, a 3.48% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buchanan County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.8%), White (Hispanic) (1.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.776%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.276%).

None of the households in Buchanan County, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.8% of the residents in Buchanan County, IA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Buchanan County, IA was $166,200, and the homeownership rate was 80.6%.

Most people in Buchanan County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Buchanan County, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Buchanan County, IA is home to a population of 20.6k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.55% of Buchanan County, IA residents were born outside of the country (320 people).

In 2022, there were 53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.7k people) in Buchanan County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 371 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 289 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
99%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Buchanan County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Buchanan County, IA was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buchanan County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    19.7k ± 52
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    371 ± 137
  3. White (Hispanic)
    289 ± 61
1.85%
Hispanic Population
382 people

In 2022, there were 53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.7k people) in Buchanan County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 371 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 289 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.85% of the people in Buchanan County, IA are hispanic (382 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Buchanan County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.55%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
320 people
1.41%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
290 people

As of 2022, 1.55% of Buchanan County, IA residents (320 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buchanan County, IA was 1.41%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    474 ± 99
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    277 ± 101
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    94 ± 40

Buchanan County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Buchanan County, IA employs 10.4k people. The largest industries in Buchanan County, IA are Manufacturing (1,888 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,480 people), and Retail Trade (1,226 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($100,625), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($75,652), and Information ($69,135).

Occupations

10.4k
2022 Value
± 519
0.665%
1 Year growth
± 7.03%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buchanan County, IA grew at a rate of 0.665%, from 10.4k employees to 10.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buchanan County, IA, are Production Occupations (1,249 people), Management Occupations (1,125 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,013 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buchanan County, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

10.4k
2022 Value
± 519
0.665%
1 Year growth
± 7.03%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buchanan County, IA grew at a rate of 0.665%, from 10.4k employees to 10.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buchanan County, IA, are Manufacturing (1,888 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,480 people), and Retail Trade (1,226 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buchanan County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Buchanan County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$49,342
Median earning men ± $2,545
$35,928
Median earning women ± $1,937

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($80,375), Public Administration ($69,844), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,706).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($70,385), Information ($69,432), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,018).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 168
    Manufacturing
  2. 133
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 123
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Buchanan County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 59.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (38.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.891%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buchanan County, IA was $166,200 in 2022, which is 0.59 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $146,900 to $166,200, a 13.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Buchanan County, IA is 80.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Buchanan County, IA have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Buchanan County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Buchanan County, IA is $73,493. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Buchanan County, IA was Census Tract 9503 with a value of $81,063, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9505, with respective values of $76,086 and $75,446.

Property

$166,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,974
$6,468
Median Property Taxes
±$392

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buchanan County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

80.6%
Homeownership
2022
63.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 80.6% of the housing units in Buchanan County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9503
  2. Census Tract 9506
  3. Census Tract 9505

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buchanan County, IA was Census Tract 9503 with a value of $81,063, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9505, with respective values of $76,086 and $75,446.

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

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Household Income

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$73,493
Median Household Income
± $4,553
8.02k
Number of Households
± 456

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.02k households in Buchanan County, IA grew to $73,493 from the previous year's value of $71,024.

The following chart displays the households in Buchanan 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buchanan County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.87%)
  3. Carpooled (7.5%)

In 2022, 79.6% of workers in Buchanan County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.87%) and those who carpooled to work (7.5%).

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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Commute Time

22 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buchanan County, IA have a shorter commute time (22 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.72% of the workforce in Buchanan County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

8.63% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buchanan County, IA (1.76k out of 20.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buchanan County, IA is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

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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Health

93.6% of the population of Buchanan County, IA has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 12.5% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 14% on non-group plans, and 1.68% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Buchanan County, IA see 2118 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0943% decrease from the previous year (2120 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2661 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 734 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,118 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Buchanan County, IA

Primary care physicians in Buchanan County, IA see an average of 2,118 patients per year. This represents a 0.0943% decrease from the previous year (2,120 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.1% under 18 years, 17% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.8% were men and 50.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.41%
Uninsured
51.6%
Employer Coverage
12.5%
Medicaid
13.9%
Medicare
14%
Non-Group
1.68%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buchanan County, IA grew by 5.74% from 6.07% to 6.41%.

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

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Buchanan County, IA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 37.2% in Buchanan County, IA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 4.85% in Buchanan County, IA.

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