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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.


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Median household income
Local
$33,852
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For 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
· Bil Baird, puppet master (responsible for the marionette performance in "The Sound of Music")
· Joe Lillard, athlete (NFL and Harlem Globetrotters)
Local festivals include:
  • North Iowa Fair - July 25-29, 2007
  • Fiber Arts Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
  • North Iowa Band Festival - May 25-27, 2007
  • Alpaca Jamboree - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Cannonball Day - June 23, 2007
  • Greek Festival - June 16, 2007
  • Iowa Independent Film Festival - April 20-22, 2007
  • MacNider Arts Festival - June 9-10, 2007
  • Traders Jubilee - March 31-April 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Mason City web sites and events links in the sections below.
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.

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20% of Mason City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Mason City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $341.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $745.


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Libraries in Mason City include Mason City Public Library ... View libraries

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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.

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Cerro Gordo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Mason City political report.

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Traffic

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.

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Hotels in Mason City include Best Value Inn Mason City, Comfort Inn Mason City, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Super 8.

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