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Ruthven, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ruthven is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Palo Alto County at latitude 43.1301 and longitude -94.8985. Palo Alto County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,437 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Ruthven 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 Ruthven (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 692
Population in Households 669
Population in Familes 512
Population in Group Qrtrs 23
Population Density1 1,653
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 305
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 178
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 364 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 216 (59.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 89 (24.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 (16.2%)
Median Home Value $46,368
Average Home Value $53,226


Median Household Income $52,307
Average Household Income $62,436
Per Capita Income $27,453
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -1.47% -1.06%
Households -1.12% -1.07%
Families -0.78% -1.15%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.52%
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.

Ruthven, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ruthven 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 # 389 62nd
Population Density1 # 59 94th
Diversity Index2 # 658 35th
Median Household Income # 512 49th
Per Capita Income # 316 69th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.