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West Union, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of West Union had a population of 2,373 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for West Union is located at latitude 42.9589 and longitude -91.8132 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Union (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,188 feet.

The City of West Union (GNIS ID: 468989) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Union is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.

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


Total Population 2,373
Daytime Population: Workers 2,325
Daytime Population: Residents 1,199
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,524
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.49
Population in Households 2,218
Population in Familes 1,657
Population in Group Qrtrs 155
Population Density2 855
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $49,823
Average Household Income $56,692
Per Capita Income $25,583


Total Housing Units 1,241 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 714 (57.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 335 (27.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 191 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $93,458
Average Home Value $120,763


Total Households 1,050
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 599
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 -0.64% -0.94%
Households -0.71% -0.95%
Families -0.61% -1.06%
Median Household Income   2.06%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

West Union, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Union 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 # 144 86th
Population Density # 394 61st
Diversity Index # 310 69th
Median Household Income # 698 31st
Per Capita Income # 677 33rd

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