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Primghar, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Primghar had a population of 953 as of July 1, 2017. Primghar 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 Primghar is located at latitude 43.0864 and longitude -95.6209 in O'Brien County. The formal boundaries for the City of Primghar (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.38 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. O'Brien County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,526 feet.

The City of Primghar (GNIS ID: 2396276) 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 Primghar is located within Township of Center, a minor civil division (MCD) of O'Brien County.

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


Total Population 953
Daytime Population: Workers 528
Daytime Population: Residents 471
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 999
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 905
Population in Familes 716
Population in Group Qrtrs 48
Population Density2 689
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $50,516
Average Household Income $57,858
Per Capita Income $25,544


Total Housing Units 471 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 337 (71.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 76 (16.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $71,839
Average Home Value $110,491


Total Households 412
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 259
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 0.65% 0.15%
Households 0.69% 0.19%
Families 0.66% 0.15%
Median Household Income   3.15%
Per Capita Income   2.94%

Primghar, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Primghar 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 # 303 70th
Population Density # 497 51st
Diversity Index # 234 77th
Median Household Income # 669 34th
Per Capita Income # 679 33rd

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