Profile for Mason City, Iowa, IA
Main Street, looking south from 7th Street, Mason City, IA
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Commercial center for area farms
Mason City is a city in Cerro Gordo County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named by settlers who were Freemasons
The latitude of Mason City is 43.153N. The longitude is -93.2W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,129 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 28,274.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Mason City demographic reports
Mason City is on the Winnebago River
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 56. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2 per 1,000 people.
Mason City received national attention for 1959 plane crash, which killed rock stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens
Well-known residents have included:
· Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, suffragist
· Meredith Willson, musician, composer, playwright
· Joe Lillard, athlete (NFL and Harlem Globetrotters)
· Bil Baird, puppet master (responsible for the marionette performance in "The Sound of Music")
Local festivals include:
- North Iowa Fair - July 25-29, 2007
- Fiber Arts Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
- Traders Jubilee - March 31-April 1, 2007
- North Iowa Band Festival - May 25-27, 2007
- Alpaca Jamboree - Sept. 28-30, 2007
- Greek Festival - June 16, 2007
- MacNider Arts Festival - June 9-10, 2007
- Cannonball Day - June 23, 2007
- Iowa Independent Film Festival - April 20-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Mason City web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Nearby parks & recreation:
McIntosh Woods State Park, Clear Lake State Park, Lime Creek Nature Center
Historic sites and museums: Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House, Charles H. MacNider Museum, Meredith Willson Music Museum, Van Horn's Antique Truck Museum, Kinney Pioneer Museum
Colleges and universities:
North Iowa Area Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
35% of Mason City residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Mason City ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Mason City was $18,899, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Mason City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Mason City festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- North Iowa Fair - J
- North Iowa Band Festival - M
- Fiber Arts Festival - S
- Alpaca Jamboree - S
- Cannonball Day - J
- Greek Festival - J
- Iowa Independent Film Festival - A
- MacNider Arts Festival - J
- Traders Jubilee - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Mason City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $341. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $745.
Libraries in Mason City include Mason City Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Mason City include Globe Gazette
TV stations in Mason City include KIMT, KYIN.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KRNI., KUNY.
Cerro Gordo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Mason City political report.
The average commute time for Mason City workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Mason City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Mason City include Best Value Inn Mason City, Comfort Inn Mason City, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Super 8.
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