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Ralston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ralston had a population of 77 as of July 1, 2015. Ralston ranks in the lower 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 Ralston is located at latitude 42.0418 and longitude -94.6293 in Carroll County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ralston (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Carroll County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,129 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Ralston are located in Carroll County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Greene County.

The City of Ralston (GNIS ID: 2396308) 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 Ralston is located within Township of Glidden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carroll County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ralston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Ralston, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 77
Population in Households 77
Population in Familes 65
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 39
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 38
Average Household Size 2.03
Family Households 26
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 45 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 30 (66.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 8 (17.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $120,833
Average Home Value $137,069


Median Household Income $63,158
Average Household Income $82,113
Per Capita Income $33,951
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.49% -0.52%
Households 0.0% -0.53%
Families 6.16% -0.78%
Median Household Income   2.87%
Per Capita Income   2.71%
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.


Ralston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ralston to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 910 10th
Population Density1 # 1001 1st
Diversity Index2 # 838 17th
Median Household Income # 183 82nd
Per Capita Income # 81 92nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.