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Alta Vista, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alta Vista is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Chickasaw County at latitude 43.1968 and longitude -92.417. Chickasaw County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,158 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Alta Vista, but most people and references simply refer to it as Alta Vista, Iowa.

The P1 Census Class Code for Alta Vista indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Alta Vista, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 262
Population in Households 262
Population in Familes 222
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 347
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 115
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 83
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 132 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 96 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (14.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 17 (12.9%)
Median Home Value $125,000
Average Home Value $164,844


Median Household Income $51,610
Average Household Income $61,654
Per Capita Income $23,878
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.36% -0.23%
Households -0.2% -0.17%
Families 5.92% -0.49%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.72%
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, 2014 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 # 635 37th
Population Density1 # 750 26th
Diversity Index2 # 854 16th
Median Household Income # 556 45th
Per Capita Income # 705 30th

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