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Spirit Lake, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Spirit Lake had a population of 5,160 as of July 1, 2017. Spirit Lake ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Spirit Lake is located at latitude 43.4166 and longitude -95.1128 in Dickinson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Spirit Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Dickinson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,473 feet.

The City of Spirit Lake (GNIS ID: 2395928) 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 Spirit Lake is located within Township of Center Grove, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dickinson County.

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


Total Population 5,160
Daytime Population: Workers 5,004
Daytime Population: Residents 2,029
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 7,033
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.36
Population in Households 5,035
Population in Familes 3,859
Population in Group Qrtrs 125
Population Density2 1,134
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $50,283
Average Household Income $64,087
Per Capita Income $29,079


Total Housing Units 2,835 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,623 (57.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 697 (24.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 515 (18.2%)
Median Home Value $160,014
Average Home Value $194,501


Total Households 2,320
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 1,363
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 0.98% 1.11%
Households 1.05% 1.15%
Families 1.05% 1.02%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.53%

Spirit Lake, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spirit Lake 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 # 79 92nd
Population Density # 228 78th
Diversity Index # 481 52nd
Median Household Income # 676 33rd
Per Capita Income # 359 65th

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