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The City of Dows had a population of 512 as of July 1, 2016. Dows ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Dows is located at latitude 42.6618 and longitude -93.5055 in Wright County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dows (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Wright County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,148 feet.

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

The City of Dows (GNIS ID: 2394560) 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 Dows is located within Township of Blaine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wright County.

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


Total Population 512
Population in Households 512
Population in Familes 402
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 666
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 237
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 154
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 302 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 186 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 51 (16.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 65 (21.5%)
Median Home Value $75,000
Average Home Value $125,665


Median Household Income $46,167
Average Household Income $63,955
Per Capita Income $28,203
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.79% -0.63%
Households -0.85% -0.68%
Families 1.31% -0.79%
Median Household Income   2.75%
Per Capita Income   1.89%
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.

Dows, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dows 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 # 465 54th
Population Density1 # 520 49th
Diversity Index2 # 96 90th
Median Household Income # 737 27th
Per Capita Income # 379 63rd

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