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Alta, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alta had a population of 1,905 as of July 1, 2016. Alta ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Alta is located at latitude 42.6717 and longitude -95.3045 in Buena Vista County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alta (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Buena Vista County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,493 feet.

The City of Alta (GNIS ID: 2393929) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Alta is located within Township of Nokomis, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buena Vista County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alta 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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Alta, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,905
Population in Households 1,905
Population in Familes 1,571
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,768
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 772
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 532
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 839 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 577 (68.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 195 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $108,523
Average Home Value $146,064


Median Household Income $52,559
Average Household Income $68,928
Per Capita Income $27,965
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.25% 0.44%
Households 0.34% 0.44%
Families 0.8% 0.41%
Median Household Income   3.9%
Per Capita Income   3.24%
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.

Alta, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alta 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 # 174 83rd
Population Density1 # 46 96th
Diversity Index2 # 28 97th
Median Household Income # 507 50th
Per Capita Income # 403 60th

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