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Newell, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Newell had a population of 869 as of July 1, 2016. Newell ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Newell is located at latitude 42.6097 and longitude -95.004 in Buena Vista County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newell (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Buena Vista County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,266 feet.

The City of Newell (GNIS ID: 2395223) 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 Newell is located within Township of Newell, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buena Vista County.

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


Total Population 869
Population in Households 834
Population in Familes 685
Population in Group Qrtrs 35
Population Density1 688
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 355
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 232
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 377 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 285 (75.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (18.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $76,835
Average Home Value $92,544


Median Household Income $44,498
Average Household Income $54,341
Per Capita Income $22,698
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.13% 0.0%
Households -0.04% 0.11%
Families 0.49% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.46%
Per Capita Income   2.21%
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.

Newell, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newell 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 # 335 67th
Population Density1 # 506 50th
Diversity Index2 # 141 86th
Median Household Income # 797 21st
Per Capita Income # 886 12th

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