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Peterson, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Peterson had a population of 327 as of July 1, 2016. Peterson 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 Peterson is located at latitude 42.9173 and longitude -95.3431 in Clay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Peterson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.52 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Clay County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,250 feet.

The City of Peterson (GNIS ID: 2396195) 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 Peterson is located within Township of Peterson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Clay County.

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


Total Population 327
Population in Households 327
Population in Familes 267
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 630
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 151
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 100
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 196 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 129 (65.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 22 (11.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 45 (23.0%)
Median Home Value $99,324
Average Home Value $141,473


Median Household Income $54,920
Average Household Income $64,703
Per Capita Income $28,314
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.34% -0.18%
Households -0.52% -0.4%
Families 0.82% -0.4%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   2.16%
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.

Peterson, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Peterson 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 # 574 43rd
Population Density1 # 544 46th
Diversity Index2 # 764 25th
Median Household Income # 403 60th
Per Capita Income # 371 63rd

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