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Clear Lake, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Clear Lake had a population of 7,708 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Clear Lake is located at latitude 43.1351 and longitude -93.3736 in Cerro Gordo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clear Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.8 sq. miles and a water area of 2.64 sq. miles. Cerro Gordo County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,234 feet.

The City of Clear Lake (GNIS ID: 467618) 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 Clear Lake is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Cerro Gordo County.

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


Total Population 7,708
Population in Households 7,455
Population in Familes 5,679
Population in Group Qrtrs 253
Population Density1 714
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 3,540
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 2,101
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,475 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,065 (23.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 916 (20.6%)
Median Home Value $168,400
Average Home Value $230,788


Median Household Income $52,884
Average Household Income $68,656
Per Capita Income $31,586
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.14% -0.17%
Households 0.15% -0.01%
Families 0.11% -0.1%
Median Household Income   2.56%
Per Capita Income   2.24%
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.

Clear Lake, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clear Lake 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 # 52 95th
Population Density1 # 484 52nd
Diversity Index2 # 275 73rd
Median Household Income # 498 51st
Per Capita Income # 195 81st

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