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The City of Van Meter had a population of 1,315 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Van Meter is located at latitude 41.5266 and longitude -93.9524 in Dallas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Van Meter (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Dallas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 879 feet.

The City of Van Meter (GNIS ID: 2397116) 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 Van Meter is located within Township of Van Meter, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dallas County.

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


Total Population 1,315
Population in Households 1,315
Population in Familes 1,157
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 857
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 480
Average Household Size 2.74
Family Households 371
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 521 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 403 (77.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 77 (14.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 41 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $200,000
Average Home Value $320,606


Median Household Income $90,643
Average Household Income $104,858
Per Capita Income $38,213
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 4.21% 3.21%
Households 3.72% 3.09%
Families 4.61% 3.09%
Median Household Income   2.8%
Per Capita Income   2.23%
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.

Van Meter, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Van Meter 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 # 237 77th
Population Density1 # 393 61st
Diversity Index2 # 454 56th
Median Household Income # 9 99th
Per Capita Income # 33 97th

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