Elma, IA

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Elma Profile


Overview

Elma is a tiny city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 527 people and just one neighborhood, Elma is the 356th largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Elma was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Occupations and Workforce

When you are in Elma, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 44.44% of Elma’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Elma is a city of transportation and shipping workers, production and manufacturing workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elma who work in office and administrative support (9.88%), management occupations (9.47%), and teaching (7.41%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.57% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Setting & Lifestyle

Overall, Elma’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Elma has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Elma a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Being a small city, Elma does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Elma Demographics

The citizens of Elma have a very low rate of college education: just 7.93% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Elma in 2018 was $22,793, which is low income relative to Iowa, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,172 for a family of four. However, Elma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Elma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elma residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Elma include German, Irish, Czech, Norwegian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Elma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and French.


Neighborhood Real Estate Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   National Agriculture Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Geological Service, American Community Survey.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q4 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

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Housing Market Details

 

AGE OF Elma, IA HOMES

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Neighborhood Demographics Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Education, 50 state departments of education, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 18,000+ local law enforcement agencies, Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Geological Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Please note: Unemployment data updated February 2021.

Methodology:   Unlike standardly available Census demographics, NeighborhoodScout uses dozens of custom models to transform 8.5 million raw demographic data elements from government sources into proprietary indices and insights…. Read more about Scout's Demographic Data

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Migration & Mobility

 

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More diverse than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Crime Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

Neighborhood Crime Data

 

total Crime Index

(100 is safest)


Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Violent Crime

violent Crime Index

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Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Violent Crime Index By Type

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Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

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Elma VIOLENT CRIMES

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Neighborhood Property Crime

property Crime Index

(100 is safest)


Safer than of U.S. neighborhoods.

Property Crime Index By Type
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Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

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Neighborhood Public School Data

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Due to Covid-19, standardized testing did not take place during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Test data: Reflects 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2018
  • Educational Environment: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.
  • All data updated June 2021

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more about Scout's School Data

School Rating Information

 

School Quality

(100 is best)

Better than of U.S. schools.

Neighborhood School Quality Rating

Rates the quality of all K-12 public schools that serve this neighborhood. Info

Schools That Serve This Neighborhood

 
School Details Grades Quality Rating Compared to IA* Quality Rating Compared to Nation*
Cresco Early Childhood Development Center School
1135 Canterbury St
Cresco, IA 52136
PK-PK
Crestwood Elementary School
1000 4th Ave E
Cresco, IA 52136
KG-06
Crestwood High School
1000 Schroder Dr
Cresco, IA 52136
07-12
New Hampton Elementary School
206 W Main St
New Hampton, IA 50659
PK-04
New Hampton High School
710 W Main St
New Hampton, IA 50659
09-12
New Hampton Middle School
206 W Main St
New Hampton, IA 50659
05-08
Riceville Elementary School
912 Woodland Ave
Riceville, IA 50466
PK-05
Riceville High School
912 Woodland Ave
Riceville, IA 50466
06-12
* 10 is highest

Neighborhood Educational Environment

Adults In Neighborhood With College Degree Or Higher
Children In The Neighborhood Living In Poverty

This neighborhood is served by 3 districts:

HOWARD-WINNESHIEK COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT


Students Enrolled in This District


Schools in District


Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to Iowa

(10 is best)

Better than of IA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 48.3% 41.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 35.5% 34.6%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 12.8% 6.6%

Educational Expenditures

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NEW HAMPTON COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT


Students Enrolled in This District


Schools in District


Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to Iowa

(10 is best)

Better than of IA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 34.6% 41.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 28.4% 34.6%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 6.2% 6.6%

Educational Expenditures

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RICEVILLE COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT


Students Enrolled in This District


Schools in District


Students Per Classroom

District Quality Compared to Iowa

(10 is best)

Better than of IA school districts.

District Quality Compared to U.S. info

(10 is best)

Better than of US school districts.

Schools In This District

School District Enrollment By Group

Ethnic/racial Groups This District This State
White (non-hispanic)
Black
Hispanic
Asian Or Pacific Islander
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska
Economic Groups This District This State
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED 42.4% 41.2%
FREE LUNCH ELIGIBLE 37.7% 34.6%
REDUCED LUNCH ELIGIBLE 4.8% 6.6%

Educational Expenditures

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