Jasper County: Strategically Located and Growing

Jasper County’s strategic location near Des Moines and Iowa City, gives businesses and residents the opportunity to enjoy living in a small town or rural environment, while being close enough to the city to enjoy work and business opportunities. Located 35 miles east of Des Moines, it is the 18th most populous county of Iowa’s 99 counties (2010 census). The county seat is Newton - a bustling community where businesses are growing and investments are being made into quality of life projects. For example, a softball complex with indoor fields is proposed for Newton. This $32-million, 16-field tournament softball complex would host people from across the state and be located north of Iowa Speedway. 

Education 

There are five public school districts and two private schools entirely located in Jasper County (along with six districts that serve parts of the county), each providing a high quality K-12 education.

Jasper County has hiking and biking trails, with 25 miles of recreational trails being managed by the Jasper County Conservation Board. For those who prefer exploring by water, the South Skunk River traverses Jasper County and has two main access points: Oswalt Bridge in Colfax and Beyers Bridge near Reasnor.

The County is also home to a wide variety of parks and nature preserves, including the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, a major environmental education and outdoor recreation area. You can view a list of additional area facilities here.

Jasper County, IA

Population

Total Population

37,545

Population
Growth Rate

0.20%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

15.100

Housing & Income

Households

14,924

Total Housing Units

16,486


Owner Occupied

11,357

Renter Occupied

3,567

Vacant

1,562

Median Home Value

$139,797


Average Home Value

$170,426

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.09%


Per Capita Income

2.35%

Income Projection

Median Household

$57,518 $64,622


Average Household

$71,376 $80,414


Per Capita

$28,421 $31,918

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,303

Total Employed

13,206

Workers 16+

17,113

HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

85

Employed

2,750

Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

169

Employed

1,771

Prof/Scientific/Tech Service

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Businesses

83

Employed

1,646

Accommodation/Food Service

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Businesses

78

Employed

1,106

Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

32

Employed

1,005

Food Service/Drinking Estab

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Businesses

62

Employed

959

Some
High School

1,188

Graduated
High School

9,042

Associates
Degree

3,193

Bachelor's
Degree

3,958

Graduate
Degree

1,294

Average Commute Time

23 min.



Resident Commuters

9,175

Non-Resident Commuters

7,870

Drive Alone

13,967

Carpooled

1,701

Public

103

Work At Home

878


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