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Merrill, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Merrill had a population of 794 as of July 1, 2016. Merrill 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 Merrill is located at latitude 42.7206 and longitude -96.2525 in Plymouth County. The formal boundaries for the City of Merrill (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Plymouth County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,178 feet.

The City of Merrill (GNIS ID: 2395103) 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 Merrill is located within Township of Plymouth, a minor civil division (MCD) of Plymouth County.

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


Total Population 794
Population in Households 794
Population in Familes 678
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,401
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 327
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 233
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 343 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 281 (81.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 47 (13.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 16 ( 4.7%)
Median Home Value $132,253
Average Home Value $161,299


Median Household Income $59,094
Average Household Income $68,354
Per Capita Income $28,171
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.81% 0.72%
Households 1.17% 0.96%
Families 1.52% 0.93%
Median Household Income   3.33%
Per Capita Income   2.0%
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.

Merrill, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merrill 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 # 363 64th
Population Density1 # 126 88th
Diversity Index2 # 455 54th
Median Household Income # 243 76th
Per Capita Income # 385 62nd

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