Mason City, IA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
50,396
0.472% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
44.2
0.227% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.04%
1.94% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$63,785
8.56% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$143,400
10.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
25,983
1.55% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Mason City, IA had a population of 50.4k people with a median age of 44.2 and a median household income of $63,785. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Mason City, IA declined from 50,635 to 50,396, a −0.472% decrease and its median household income grew from $58,753 to $63,785, a 8.56% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mason City, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.9%), White (Hispanic) (2.66%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.07%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.56%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.41%).

None of the households in Mason City, 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.

99.2% of the residents in Mason City, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mason City, IA are North Iowa Area Community College (903 degrees awarded in 2022) and La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology (43 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Mason City, IA was $143,400, and the homeownership rate was 72.4%.

Most people in Mason City, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Mason City, IA was 2 cars per household.

Mason City, IA borders Albert Lea, MN and Austin, MN.

Population & Diversity

Mason City, IA is home to a population of 50.4k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.95% of Mason City, IA residents were born outside of the country (985 people).

In 2022, there were 33.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.3k people) in Mason City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34k White (Hispanic) and 1.04k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.2%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.2% of Mason City, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Mason City, IA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mason City, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    45.3k ± 60
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.34k ± 234
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.04k ± 173
5.06%
Hispanic Population
2.55k people

In 2022, there were 33.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.3k people) in Mason City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34k White (Hispanic) and 1.04k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.06% of the people in Mason City, IA are hispanic (2.55k people).

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

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Iowa.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.95%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
985 people
1.75%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
887 people

As of 2022, 1.95% of Mason City, IA residents (985 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 Mason City, IA was 1.75%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,092 ± 179
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    490 ± 134
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    361 ± 111

Mason City, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Mason City, IA employs 26k people. The largest industries in Mason City, IA are Manufacturing (4,314 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,998 people), and Retail Trade (3,841 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($114,167), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,046), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($63,340).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

26k
2022 Value
± 1,060
−1.55%
1 Year decline
± 5.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mason City, IA declined at a rate of −1.55%, from 26.4k employees to 26k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mason City, IA, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,102 people), Management Occupations (2,917 people), and Production Occupations (2,374 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mason City, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

26k
2022 Value
± 1,060
−1.55%
1 Year decline
± 5.84%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mason City, IA declined at a rate of −1.55%, from 26.4k employees to 26k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mason City, IA, are Manufacturing (4,314 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,998 people), and Retail Trade (3,841 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mason City, IA, though some of these residents may live in Mason City, 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

$49,732
Median earning men ± $2,031
$33,894
Median earning women ± $1,415

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,560), Public Administration ($64,400), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,726).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,021), Manufacturing ($45,604), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,000).

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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. 529
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 482
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 311
    Other Services, Except Public Administration

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%).

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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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

In 2022, universities in Mason City, IA awarded 946 degrees. The student population of Mason City, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,134 male students and 1,404 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mason City, IA are White (792 and 85.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (71 and 7.63%), Black or African American (30 and 3.22%), and Two or More Races (21 and 2.26%).

The largest universities in Mason City, IA by number of degrees awarded are North Iowa Area Community College (903 and 95.5%) and La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology (43 and 4.55%).

The most popular majors in Mason City, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (302 and 31.9%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (116 and 12.3%), and Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (83 and 8.77%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,538 students enrolled in Mason City, IA, 44.7% men and 55.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,138 records, of which 55.8% were women and 44.2% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 17 degrees awarded
  2. 302 degrees awarded
  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Mason City, IA was General Business Administration & Management with 17 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Mason City, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 903 degrees awarded
  2. 43 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Iowa Area Community College with 903 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 411 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mason City, IA, which is 0.768 times less than the 535 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 792 degrees mean that there were 11.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 71 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($5,378) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($818) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,044) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mason City, IA was $143,400 in 2022, which is 0.509 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $129,600 to $143,400, a 10.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Mason City, IA is 72.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Mason City, IA have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mason City, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Mason City, IA is $63,785. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Mason City, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

Property

$143,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,670
$16,397
Median Property Taxes
±$780

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 Mason City, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Mason City, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

72.4%
Homeownership
2022
60.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 72.4% of the housing units in Mason City, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.5%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Mason City, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mason City, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

The following map shows all of the counties in Mason City, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$63,785
Median Household Income
± $1,894
22.6k
Number of Households
± 996

In 2022, the median household income of the 22.6k households in Mason City, IA grew to $63,785 from the previous year's value of $58,753.

The following chart displays the households in Mason City, 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 Mason City, 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 (80%)
  2. Carpooled (9.12%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.36%)

In 2022, 80% of workers in Mason City, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.12%) and those who worked at home (7.36%).

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

17.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mason City, IA have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.41% of the workforce in Mason City, 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 Mason City, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mason City, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.04% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mason City, IA (4.47k out of 49.4k 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 75+, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

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

95.6% of the population of Mason City, IA has health coverage, with 47% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 16.9% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.93% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1347 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1357 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1436 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,347 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,347 patients per year. This represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1,357 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.5% under 18 years, 17.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.36%
Uninsured
47%
Employer Coverage
16.8%
Medicaid
16.9%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.93%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mason City, IA grew by 2.73% from 4.24% to 4.36%.

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

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