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The City of Essex had a population of 795 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Essex is located at latitude 40.8327 and longitude -95.3038 in Page County. The formal boundaries for the City of Essex (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Page County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 994 feet.

The City of Essex (GNIS ID: 2394702) 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 Essex is located within Township of Pierce, a minor civil division (MCD) of Page County.

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


Total Population 795
Population in Households 795
Population in Familes 658
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 528
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 328
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 224
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 372 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 239 (64.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 89 (23.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 44 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $74,187
Average Home Value $98,013


Median Household Income $42,351
Average Household Income $50,203
Per Capita Income $20,642
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.06% -0.1%
Households -0.24% -0.25%
Families -0.28% -0.27%
Median Household Income   0.58%
Per Capita Income   1.06%
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.

Essex, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex 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 # 362 64th
Population Density1 # 624 38th
Diversity Index2 # 400 60th
Median Household Income # 867 14th
Per Capita Income # 971 4th

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