Our Community at a Glance
Who Are We And
How Are We Doing?
Statistics as of 08/2014

With this community dashboard, it is our intention to provide a trusted, comprehensive source with which to research and track various community statistics. Our desire is that this dashboard will serve multiple purposes.  For areas of concern, it is our hope to raise awareness, motivate action and allow us to benchmark progress. We must also remember to celebrate our successes and support the efforts of one another as we continue to improve. Statistical data represents Wapello County unless otherwise noted. Please check back often, as we receive new information we will be adding it to the dashboard to chart our progress.  Let’s see of we can move the needle!

  • Demographics
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Economic
  • Poverty
  • Housing
  • Voter Engagement

Demographics

Community 2013 Estimates

  • 24,840Population
    Ottumwa, IowaU.S. Census Bureau
  • 35,391Population
    Wapello CountyU.S. Census Bureau
  • 14,570Number of Households
    (2008-2012)U.S. Census Bureau
  • 2.8Average
    Family SizeU.S. Census Bureau

Gender

  • 50.8%FemaleU.S. Census Bureau
  • 49.2%MaleU.S. Census Bureau

Age

  • 6.2%Persons under
    5 yearsU.S. Census Bureau
  • 22.5%Persons under
    18 yearsU.S. Census Bureau
  • 16.9%Persons 65 years
    and overU.S. Census Bureau

Race and Diversity

  • 85.8%WhiteU.S. Census Bureau
  • 2%Black or African
    American aloneU.S. Census Bureau
  • 0.8%American Indian and
    Alaska Native aloneU.S. Census Bureau
  • 0.9%Asian aloneU.S. Census Bureau
  • 0.2%Native Hawaiian and other
    Pacific Islander aloneU.S. Census Bureau
  • 1.3%Two or more racesU.S. Census Bureau
  • 9.9%Hispanic or LatinoU.S. Census Bureau
  • 10.2%Language other than
    English spoken in homeU.S. Census Bureau

Health & Well Being

Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 Change
Percentage of Adults Considered Obese
American Health Rankings
29% 30% 30%
Percentage of Adults Who Smoke
American Health Rankings
16.1% 21% 18% 3%
Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
Iowa Department of Human Services
445 439 130 209
Number of Children in Foster Care
Iowa Department of Human Services
207 190 17
Teen Birth Rate,15-19
Iowa Department of Public Health
12.27% 9.2% 5.2%  3.07%
Per 1,000 residents (violent crimes)
Ottumwa Police Department
10.74 11.67 10.62 1.05
Per 1,000 residents (property crimes)
Ottumwa Police Department
54.22 48.67 37.6 11.07
Child Immunizations – 2 Year Old Coverage
Iowa Department of Public Health
73% 71% 2%
Did you know that Wapello County was created in 1843 from unorganized territory and was named in honor of the Fox Indian Chief Wapello?

Education Ottumwa Community Schools

 Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
Total Enrollment
Ottumwa Community Schools
4,577 4,597 +20
Compare to: 91% Statewide (2013 Class)
Graduation Rate
Iowa Department of Education
88.96% 89.44% 84.9% 4.54%
Dropout Rate – Grades 7-12
Iowa Department of Education
1.69% 1.16% 2.42% +1.26
Average Daily Attendance Rate
Iowa Department of Education
94.3% 93.9% 0.4%
Average Teacher Salary
Ottumwa Community Schools
$52,862 $52,445 $54,338 $60,106 +$5,768
Compare to: 21.0 Statewide
ACT Scores (2013-2014 OHS Composite)
Ottumwa Community Schools
21.7 20.9 21.5 +0.6
Annual Budget For Ottumwa Community School District
Ottumwa Community Schools (2014-2015 Year)
$59,539,242
Percentage of 4th Graders Proficient in Reading (2013-2014)
Ottumwa Community Schools
64% 58% 6%
Percentage of 8th Graders Proficient in Math (2013-2014)
Ottumwa Community Schools
73% 67.9% 5.1%
Percentage of ESL Learners (2013-2014) Ottumwa Community Schools 5% 10.8% 13.8% +3%
Number of Students Who Took Advanced Placement Classes (2013-2014)
Ottumwa Community Schools
74
Number of High School Jr’s & Sr’s Enrolled in at Least 1 College Course (2013-2014)
Ottumwa Community Schools
250 210 278 +68

Education Attainment for Ottumwa, Iowa – 25 years and over (2010-2012 Estimates)

 Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
High School Graduate (includes equivalency)
U.S. Census Bureau
37.4%
Some College
U.S. Census Bureau
21.5%
Associate’s Degree
U.S. Census Bureau
9.7%
Bachelor’s Degree
U.S. Census Bureau
9.8%
Graduate of Professional Degree
U.S. Census Bureau
5.2%
High School Graduate or Higher
U.S. Census Bureau
83.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher U.S. Census Bureau 14.9%

Economic

 Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
Per Capita Income
U.S. Census Bureau
$21,517
Compare to: $65,802 Statewide
Median Family Income (2010-2012 Estimates)
U.S. Census, Small Area Income and Poverty
$46,414
Unemployment Rate (12 Mo. Adjusted Avg. June ’13-May ’14)
IA Workforce Development
5.4% 5.2% 5.4% 0.2%
Average Weekly Wage Rate
US Bureau of Labor & Statistics
$712
Average Salary Per Job
US Bureau of Labor & Statistics
$36,114
Total Taxable Sales
ISU Department of Economics
$385,065,970
Largest Industry Employer – Manufacturing
US Census Bureau
26.6% 23.8% -2.8%
2nd Largest Industry Employer – Education, Health & Social Assistance 22.4% 25.1% +2.7%
3rd Largest Industry Employer – Retail Trade 12.9% 14.7% +1.8%
Per Thousand Property Tax Rate
Wapello County Assessor
$45.48704 $43.18 -$2.30704
Residential & Commercial Building Permits, Ottumwa & Wapello County 282 19 -263
Did you know that the amount of park land that Ottumwa possesses exceeds the national standard by nearly 3 times?

Poverty

Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
Avg. Number of Children Receiving WIC
American Home Finding
1,583 1,657 1,584 73
Family Investment Program (FIP) Avg. Monthly Recipients
Iowa Dept. Public Health
915 715 618 97
Avg. Number Monthly Medicaid Recipients
Iowa Dept. Public Health
8,290 10,081 10,053 28
Avg. Monthly Medicaid Disbursement
Iowa Dept. Public Health
$569 $563 $596 +$33
Food Assistance Program/SNAP Avg. Monthly Recipients
Iowa Dept. Public Health
7,869 7,202 6,748 454
Compare to: 15.4% Nationally (2013)
Persons Below Poverty Level
U.S. Census  Small Area Income & Poverty
17.8% 19.9% +2.1%
Eligible Free/Reduced Lunch
Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Information and Analysis
54.8% 46.52% 48.1% +1.58%
Food Insecurity Rate
Feeding America
14.2% 13.8% 0.4%

Housing

Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
Number of Housing Units (2010-2012 Estimates)
U.S. Census Bureau
16,059
Rental Vacancy Rate (2010-2012 Estimates)
U.S. Census Bureau
7.4%
Occupied Housing Units (2010-2012 Estimates)
U.S. Census Bureau
90.7%
Housing Units Built Before 1960 (2010-2012 Estimates)
U.S. Census Bureau
70.4%
Median Home Sale Price
Wapello County Assessor
$64,500 $78,700 +$14,200
Median Assessed Residential Value
Wapello County Assessor
$69,000 $63,500 $5,500

Voter Engagement

Data Point 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
Voter Turnout (Primary Election) 14.06%