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What Cheer, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of What Cheer had a population of 624 as of July 1, 2017. What Cheer ranks in the lower 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 What Cheer is located at latitude 41.4002 and longitude -92.3541 in Keokuk County. The formal boundaries for the City of What Cheer (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Keokuk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 778 feet.

The City of What Cheer (GNIS ID: 2397291) 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 What Cheer is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Keokuk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with What Cheer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for What Cheer: Petersburg.

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What Cheer, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 624
Daytime Population: Workers 46
Daytime Population: Residents 392
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 438
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.70
Population in Households 624
Population in Familes 465
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 510
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $35,000
Average Household Income $41,718
Per Capita Income $18,662


Total Housing Units 334 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 224 (67.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 57 (17.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 53 (15.9%)
Median Home Value $40,580
Average Home Value $73,438


Total Households 281
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 159
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 -0.48% -0.75%
Households -0.58% -0.8%
Families -0.43% -1.03%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

What Cheer, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares What Cheer 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 # 408 60th
Population Density # 645 36th
Diversity Index # 800 21st
Median Household Income # 1000 1st
Per Capita Income # 1002 1st

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