Surrounding Communities

badgerBadger Township was organized on October 10, 1865, and the town of Badger was laid out and plotted by Charles Knudson in 1882. Knudson is known as the "Founder of Badger".

Myron fleming was the first settler in the town of Badger. He served as the first postmaster, and he built and operated the first general store in 1881. His daughter Josie was the first child born in Badger in 1882.

Otto Ottoson and N.P. Hill built the first elevator in 1885. One year later, the Peevie Company built another elevator nearby.  Both of these elevators were purchased by the Quaker Oats Company. In 1902, the Farmers Elevator Company was organized, and in 1942 it was reorganized and became the Badger Cooperative Elevator.  In 1973, it merged with the Vincent Co-op Elevator and formed the New Co-op.

A local farmer, Tom Chantland, developed a superior open-pollinated corn which bears his name. Tom and his son Alfred put up a seed cleaning plant at their farm. Alfred built a gravity separator which they used for grading alfalfa and clover seeds. Alfred also built a conveyor for loading bags of seed, which sparked the idea of the Chantland Manufacturing Company.  This company was formed in the early 1940's, building its first conveyors in a garage at the farm.

Alfred Chantland was also responsible for building the Elton Seed and Milling Company in the 1940's. In 1956, Maurice Johanson purchased the seed mill, and later changed the name to Johanson's Seed and Milling Company. He operated the mill until 1987, when he turned it over to his son Steven, who still operates the company today.

Otto Ottoson established the Bank of Badger in 1889. The name was later changed to the State Bank of Badger, and in 1894 to the Badger Savings Bank. The Badger Credit Union was incorporated in 1939, and sold to the First National Bank of Fort Dodge in 1968. In 1989, Farmers Savings Bank opened.  It is a branch of Farmers Savings in Vincent.

The community has had several doctors who have resided or have had an office in Badger. The first was Dr. Dahl in 1902, and the last was Dr. Otto Glesne in 1928.

The first telephone company, Badger Telephone, was started In the late 1800's. In 1956, it converted to a dial system. In 1959, the company was sold to North Central Telephone Company. In 1986, the company was sold to Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.

In the early 1900's, Adolph and Alfred Knudson built a town hall. It was used for school programs, basket socials, home talent plays, band practices and group meetings. A new brick community hall was erected in 1927, where all community events and indoor sports were held. The community spirit was at it's height at this time, resulting in an award for being "Iowa's Leading Farm Community".

Badger had been recognized as a town since 1882, but it was not until February 8, 1900, that the town was incorporated.

Comtent courtesy of the City of Badger.

Population
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Population

Population2000201020212026
Badger644561539529

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Age

Population201020212026
0-4382423
5-9412826
10-14503031
15-19432829
20-24242719
25-29333725
30-34322637
35-39333228
40-44503433
45-49452834
50-54274228
55-59404843
60-64343747
65-69314834
70-74183542
75-7982330
80-8461418
85+8812
18+410450442
Median Age384748

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Population by Race

Badger2021
Total539.000
White Alone97.040
Black Alone0.550
American Indian Alone0.180
Asian Alone0.740
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.180
Two or More Races1.290
Hispanic Origin2.040
Diversity Index8.900

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Growth Rate

Badger2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%0%
Families0%0%
Median Household Income%2%
Per Capita Income%3%

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020212026
Households231215211208
Housing Units242229234234
Owner Occupied Units186185
Renter Occupied Units2422
Vacant Units2326

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Home Value

Badger20212026
Median Home Value$149,432$160,112
Average Home Value$146,216$156,658
<$50,00053
$50,000 - $99,9994431
$100,000 - $149,9994440
$150,000 - $199,9997389
$200,000 - $249,99989
$250,000 - $299,99945
$300,000 - $399,99977
$400,000 - $499,99900
$500,000 - $749,99900
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later8
2000-20092
1990-199916
1980-19899
1970-197953
1960-196938
1950-195923
1940-194911
1939 or Before59

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Income
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Income

Badger20212026
Median Household$62,262$68,333
Average Household$85,119$96,824
Per Capita$34,126$38,990

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Household Income Base

Badger2021
<$15,0006
$15,000 - $24,99923
$25,000 - $34,99926
$35,000 - $49,99918
$50,000 - $74,99954
$75,000 - $99,99935
$100,000 - $149,99926
$150,000 - $199,9998
$200,000+15

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+248
In-County Residents184
Out-of-County Residents62
Drive Alone202
Carpooled25
Public Transport0
Work at Home6
Less than 5 minutes12
5-9 minutes15
10-14 minutes38
15-19 minutes102
20-24 minutes50
25-29 minutes7
30-34 minutes4
35-39 minutes0
40-44 minutes7
45-59 minutes1
60-89 minutes0
90+ minutes6
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees91
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction41
Manufacturing1
Wholesale Trade5
  
Retail Trade8
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers0
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip0
Food & Beverage Stores2
Health/Pers Care Stores0
Gasoline Stations6
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers0
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse2
Information1
  
Finance & Insurance0
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn0
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other0
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing0
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv0
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt0
Educational Services0
HealthCare/Social Assist0
Arts/Entertainment/Rec5
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs1
Accommodation0
Food Srv/Drinking Places1
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin6
Auto Repair/Maintenance0
Public Administration Emp21

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

Educational Attainment (25+)

Badger2021
Some High School11
Graduated High School112
Associates Degree74
Bachelor's Degree69
Graduate Degree40

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses15
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus3
Manufacturing Bus1
Wholesale Trade Bus1
  
Retail Trade Bus2
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus0
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus0
Food & Beverage Stores Bus1
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus0
Gasoline Stations Bus1
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus0
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus1
Information Bus1
  
Finance & Insurance Bus0
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus0
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus0
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus0
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus0
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus0
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus0
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus1
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus1
Accommodation Bus0
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus1
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus2
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus0
Public Administration Bus2

Source: ESRI, 2021-10-13

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