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Alta Vista, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alta Vista had a population of 261 as of July 1, 2016. Alta Vista ranks in the lower 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 Alta Vista is located at latitude 43.1968 and longitude -92.417 in Chickasaw County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alta Vista (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chickasaw County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,158 feet.

The City of Alta Vista (GNIS ID: 2393930) 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 Vista is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Chickasaw County.

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


Total Population 261
Population in Households 261
Population in Familes 221
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 345
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 115
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 83
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 132 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 95 (72.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (15.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 17 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $98,438
Average Home Value $192,021


Median Household Income $53,406
Average Household Income $60,769
Per Capita Income $23,422
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.3% -0.31%
Households -0.14% -0.17%
Families 3.99% -0.24%
Median Household Income   2.87%
Per Capita Income   2.04%
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 Vista, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alta Vista 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 # 640 37th
Population Density1 # 751 26th
Diversity Index2 # 867 14th
Median Household Income # 478 53rd
Per Capita Income # 819 19th

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