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The City of Alden had a population of 854 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Alden is located at latitude 42.5094 and longitude -93.3731 in Hardin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alden (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Hardin County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,112 feet.

The City of Alden (GNIS ID: 2393911) 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 Alden is located within Township of Alden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hardin County.

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


Total Population 854
Population in Households 854
Population in Familes 705
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 500
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 362
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 246
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 382 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 279 (73.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 83 (21.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $82,207
Average Home Value $105,735


Median Household Income $52,034
Average Household Income $73,647
Per Capita Income $29,941
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.32% 0.65%
Households 1.1% 0.55%
Families 2.25% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.38%
Per Capita Income   1.31%
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.

Alden, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alden 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 # 342 66th
Population Density1 # 653 35th
Diversity Index2 # 598 42nd
Median Household Income # 528 48th
Per Capita Income # 267 74th

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