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Cresco, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Cresco had a population of 3,872 as of July 1, 2017. Cresco 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 Cresco is located at latitude 43.3718 and longitude -92.1163 in Howard County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cresco (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Howard County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,289 feet.

The City of Cresco (GNIS ID: 2393669) 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 Cresco is located within Township of Vernon Springs, a minor civil division (MCD) of Howard County.

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


Total Population 3,872
Daytime Population: Workers 2,880
Daytime Population: Residents 1,817
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,697
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.21
Population in Households 3,750
Population in Familes 2,825
Population in Group Qrtrs 122
Population Density2 1,157
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $40,925
Average Household Income $58,904
Per Capita Income $25,541


Total Housing Units 1,797 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,231 (68.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 431 (24.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 135 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $99,350
Average Home Value $122,055


Total Households 1,662
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 959
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 0.01% -0.12%
Households 0.02% -0.13%
Families -0.04% -0.25%
Median Household Income   2.94%
Per Capita Income   2.7%

Cresco, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cresco 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 # 102 90th
Population Density # 214 79th
Diversity Index # 492 51st
Median Household Income # 941 7th
Per Capita Income # 680 33rd

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