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Spencer is a city in Clay County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Sen. George E. Spencer.

The latitude of Spencer is 43.141N. The longitude is -95.144W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,312 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,219.


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Median household income
Local
$32,970
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Spencer demographic reports
Spencer is at the junction of the Little Sioux and Ocheyedan rivers.
Most of downtown Spencer burned in 1931 when a child dropped a burning sparkler into a box of fireworks.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 0.1 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Clay County Fair - Sept. 8-16, 2007
  • Flagfest Celebration - June 8-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Spencer web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Parker Historical Museum of Clay County
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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Sections below provide additional information and links about Spencer demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Clay County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 51301 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

36% of Spencer residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Spencer ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Spencer was $19,153, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Spencer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Entertainment
Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
Spencer festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Spencer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $315.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $700.


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Libraries in Spencer include Spencer Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Spencer include Daily Reporter

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Politics

Clay County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Spencer political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Spencer workers is 11 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Spencer between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Spencer include America Inn Motel, Days Inn Spencer, Super 8.

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