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The City of Royal had a population of 471 as of July 1, 2017. Royal ranks in the upper 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 Royal is located at latitude 43.0644 and longitude -95.2837 in Clay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Royal (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Clay County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,414 feet.

The City of Royal (GNIS ID: 2396443) 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 Royal is located within Township of Clay, a minor civil division (MCD) of Clay County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Royal population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Royal, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 471
Daytime Population: Workers 194
Daytime Population: Residents 211
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 405
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.86
Population in Households 471
Population in Familes 379
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,597
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $53,962
Average Household Income $68,393
Per Capita Income $28,375


Total Housing Units 213 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 157 (73.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 44 (20.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $80,078
Average Home Value $138,854


Total Households 201
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 134
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.76% 0.71%
Households 0.71% 0.49%
Families 1.3% 0.44%
Median Household Income   1.88%
Per Capita Income   2.57%

Royal, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Royal to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 486 52nd
Population Density # 76 93rd
Diversity Index # 233 77th
Median Household Income # 512 49th
Per Capita Income # 417 59th

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