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Alden, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alden is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Hardin County at latitude 42.5094 and longitude -93.3731. Hardin County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,112 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Alden, but most people and references simply refer to it as Alden, Iowa.

The P1 Census Class Code for Alden indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Alden, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 807
Population in Households 807
Population in Familes 667
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 472
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 350
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 237
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 368 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 270 (73.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 80 (21.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $80,882
Average Home Value $110,055


Median Household Income $53,275
Average Household Income $64,913
Per Capita Income $27,001
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.59% 0.27%
Households 0.82% 0.57%
Families 2.43% 0.42%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   3.21%
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, 2014 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 # 355 65th
Population Density1 # 667 34th
Diversity Index2 # 645 36th
Median Household Income # 453 55th
Per Capita Income # 359 65th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.