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The City of West Branch had a population of 2,347 as of July 1, 2016. West Branch 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 West Branch is located at latitude 41.6628 and longitude -91.3407 in Cedar County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Branch (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cedar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 718 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of West Branch are located in Cedar County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Johnson County.

The City of West Branch (GNIS ID: 2397261) 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 West Branch is located within Township of Springdale, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cedar County.

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


Total Population 2,347
Population in Households 2,228
Population in Familes 1,764
Population in Group Qrtrs 119
Population Density1 736
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 970
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 630
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,007 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 739 (73.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 231 (22.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 37 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $148,333
Average Home Value $178,214


Median Household Income $58,054
Average Household Income $67,730
Per Capita Income $27,834
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.17% 0.05%
Households 0.38% 0.18%
Families 0.46% 0.13%
Median Household Income   2.63%
Per Capita Income   2.32%
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.

West Branch, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Branch 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 # 145 86th
Population Density1 # 465 54th
Diversity Index2 # 228 78th
Median Household Income # 270 73rd
Per Capita Income # 416 59th

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