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Chariton, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Chariton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lucas County at latitude 41.0176 and longitude -93.3094. Lucas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,040 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Chariton 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 Chariton (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 4,320
Population in Households 4,237
Population in Familes 3,291
Population in Group Qrtrs 83
Population Density1 1,132
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 1,860
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 1,101
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,111 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,252 (59.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 608 (28.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 251 (11.9%)
Median Home Value $85,398
Average Home Value $98,563


Median Household Income $36,416
Average Household Income $44,235
Per Capita Income $19,289
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.01% -0.13%
Households -0.01% -0.1%
Families -0.17% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.7%
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.


Chariton, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chariton 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 # 91 91st
Population Density1 # 231 77th
Diversity Index2 # 745 26th
Median Household Income # 984 3rd
Per Capita Income # 974 4th

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