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Spirit Lake, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Spirit Lake had a population of 5,052 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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Spirit Lake, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,052
Population in Households 4,928
Population in Familes 3,789
Population in Group Qrtrs 124
Population Density1 1,110
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 2,247
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 1,327
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,941 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,568 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 679 (23.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 694 (23.6%)
Median Home Value $160,244
Average Home Value $192,262


Median Household Income $51,033
Average Household Income $64,570
Per Capita Income $29,003
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.8% 0.89%
Households 0.7% 0.83%
Families 0.78% 0.74%
Median Household Income   1.37%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
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.

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, 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 # 81 92nd
Population Density1 # 244 76th
Diversity Index2 # 459 55th
Median Household Income # 579 43rd
Per Capita Income # 331 67th

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