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Urbandale, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Urbandale had a population of 45,280 as of July 1, 2017. Urbandale 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 Urbandale is located at latitude 41.6368 and longitude -93.7798 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Urbandale (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 942 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Urbandale are located in Polk County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dallas County.

The City of Urbandale (GNIS ID: 2397100) 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 Urbandale is located within Township of Webster, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Urbandale 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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Urbandale, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 45,280
Daytime Population: Workers 24,489
Daytime Population: Residents 21,072
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 45,561
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.01
Population in Households 45,032
Population in Familes 37,560
Population in Group Qrtrs 248
Population Density2 2,047
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $86,379
Average Household Income $112,673
Per Capita Income $44,030


Total Housing Units 18,303 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,609 (74.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,984 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 710 ( 3.9%)
Median Home Value $217,380
Average Home Value $251,589


Total Households 17,593
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 12,129
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 1.91% 1.92%
Households 1.67% 1.72%
Families 1.59% 1.73%
Median Household Income   1.36%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Urbandale, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Urbandale 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 # 12 99th
Population Density # 28 97th
Diversity Index # 86 92nd
Median Household Income # 13 99th
Per Capita Income # 13 99th

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