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Mason City population drops by 375 residents since last census


This news story was published on May 25, 2014.
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Another slow day on North Federal Avenue

Another slow day on North Federal Avenue

MASON CITY – The exodus from this North Iowa community is showing no signs of slowing down.

The latest census estimates from the US government paint a grim picture for Mason City, showing a drop in population of 375 since the 2010 census. The population of Mason City was 28,079 in 2010. In 2011, the population was estimated at 27,966; in 2012 the estimate was 27,794 and in 2013 the estimate is now 27,704. At this rate (-125 per year), Mason City will be down 1,250 residents by the 2020 census.

One of the major goals of city hall over the past 4-plus years has been to reverse this trend and attempt to grow the population. Over this time, glowing speeches and lip-service have been paid to so-called accomplishments from city leaders, leading some to believe that the city was on the rebound and turning around. However, these latest numbers indicate that the words coming out of the mouths of Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the city council are hollow, and they are failing in a alarming way.

Residents are fleeing Mason City, and there seems to be no end in sight.

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer waived goodbye to hundreds of residents sincere took officer, with no end in sight.

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer waived goodbye to hundreds of residents since he took office, with no end in sight.

One resident told NIT that “there’s no good jobs. Who can live on $9.50 or less an hour? That’s what most of the jobs pay. Who can support a family that way? It’s no wonder people are leaving.”

Many say they are looking for greener pastures in more progressive areas.

“We love it here,” said a former Mason City resident, who moved his family to the Des Moines area 2 years ago. “It’s night and day. Our whole family is happier. There’s so much more opportunity. It’s not perfect, but it beats what we had going up north.”

Some current residents who are looking to leave say there are too few amenities in Mason City, jobs pay too low, crime is high, taxes and costs are skyrocketing and the overall attitude of residents stinks.

“The town is divided,” one man said. “There’s two classes of folks. If you’re not in the upper, you are frowned upon, treated as second class. It’s pretty ridiculous. Plus, they raised my taxes big time. We’re out as soon as we can afford a moving van.”

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17 Responses to Mason City population drops by 375 residents since last census

  1. Globe-Gazette Stinks Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Easy to complain, but how about some solutions?

    http://m.kcci.com/news/is-your-town-on-this-top-10-list/26208114

    • fixed income senior Reply Report comment

      May 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Mason City #3 on the loser list! Thank you Eric Bookmeyer for sinking us fast!

  2. al duitman Reply Report comment

    May 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    If you are still in MC, why? Anywhere is better than there. Just got our property tax bill this week, $275 and odd cents! Yes, that’s for a year.

  3. rahmbo Reply Report comment

    May 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Folks voting with their feet?

    Not bad really. It’s democracy in action.

  4. sad but true Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    So how many LESS government employees do we have, Dont need as many city workers, dont need as many teachers, dont need as many street employees? Dont need as mant TAX DOLLARS! Start cutting back. The figures call for it. Have the guts and leadership to do it!!!!

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      May 26, 2014 at 9:26 am

      @sad-they might as well cut city employees. They have not run a street sweeper in our neighborhood all year. They run them in the mayors neighborhood but not here. I paid a guy to clean the curbs so the water would drain away or else my drive would be flooded. Why pay taxes if they are not going to maintain the city. There are so many empty houses here it is hard to believe. Even the slum apartments are empty and boarded up.

  5. Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Will the last ones out please shut off the lights?

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Doubt it. The city would probably keep paying for southbridge’s parking lot lights after the last shop closes.

  6. anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Just curious how this compares to other cities our size in Iowa. I think it’s a trend for most cities this size.

  7. anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Low paying jobs, horrible weather and no amenities = mass exodus.

  8. LVS Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I would have guessed it dropped a lot more than that. Sorry, I do not believe that number. There are empty houses and apartments all over town.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Good point. Many days, especially after 5-6 PM, this is a ghost town. It’s like everyone left town.

  9. Anonymouse Reply Report comment

    May 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

    They came from the other side
    In bunches at a time
    Crowding up the neighborhood
    To raise the rates of crime
    Some of them got money
    Most of them got ****
    All they do is come here
    To take from our pockets
    Import, import, imported society
    Import, import, imported society
    Import, import, imported society
    Import, import, imported society
    Don’t you ****ing see
    That you bother me
    Genocide
    You can’t hide
    So go home now
    Don’t come back
    Take your goat
    Get on your boat
    I hate…

    • Anonymouse Reply Report comment

      May 25, 2014 at 6:39 am

      I hate imports
      I don’t want to hear their ****
      I hate imports
      Cause I’m just so sick of it
      I just want to
      Live my life without you ****ing ****oles
      And I want to
      Never see your *** again
      Import, import, imported society
      Import, import, imported society
      Import, import, imported society
      Import, import, imported society
      Hindus and Ethiopians
      You know they’re all the same
      A huck a buck of Indians
      They’re all so ****ing lame

      Bring More Chicago