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Shellsburg, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Shellsburg had a population of 987 as of July 1, 2016. Shellsburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shellsburg is located at latitude 42.0929 and longitude -91.871 in Benton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shellsburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Benton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 791 feet.

The City of Shellsburg (GNIS ID: 468690) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Shellsburg is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Benton County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shellsburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Shellsburg, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 987
Population in Households 978
Population in Familes 823
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density1 1,288
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 433
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 315
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 455 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 371 (81.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 62 (13.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $197,256
Average Home Value $206,199


Median Household Income $71,877
Average Household Income $79,941
Per Capita Income $32,307
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.06% -0.02%
Households 0.19% 0.09%
Families 2.14% -0.06%
Median Household Income   0.52%
Per Capita Income   1.67%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Shellsburg, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shellsburg to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 293 71st
Population Density1 # 165 84th
Diversity Index2 # 690 32nd
Median Household Income # 69 93rd
Per Capita Income # 156 85th

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