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The City of Central City had a population of 1,364 as of July 1, 2016. Central City 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 Central City is located at latitude 42.2035 and longitude -91.5239 in Linn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Central City (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Linn County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 837 feet.

The City of Central City (GNIS ID: 2393786) 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 Central City is located within Township of Maine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Linn County.

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


Total Population 1,364
Population in Households 1,364
Population in Familes 1,097
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,443
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 565
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 370
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 602 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 423 (70.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 142 (23.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 37 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $131,767
Average Home Value $160,471


Median Household Income $42,367
Average Household Income $56,969
Per Capita Income $24,290
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.32% 1.19%
Households 1.27% 1.18%
Families 0.85% 1.11%
Median Household Income   -1.28%
Per Capita Income   1.46%
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.

Central City, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central City 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 # 231 77th
Population Density1 # 112 89th
Diversity Index2 # 542 46th
Median Household Income # 866 14th
Per Capita Income # 750 26th

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