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Carter Lake, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Carter Lake had a population of 3,955 as of July 1, 2016. Carter Lake ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Carter Lake is located at latitude 41.2885 and longitude -95.9169 in Pottawattamie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carter Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles. Pottawattamie County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 974 feet.

The City of Carter Lake (GNIS ID: 2393756) 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 Carter Lake is located within Township of Kane, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pottawattamie County.

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


Total Population 3,955
Population in Households 3,955
Population in Familes 3,266
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,116
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 1,435
Average Household Size 2.76
Family Households 1,023
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,502 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,133 (75.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 302 (20.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 ( 4.5%)
Median Home Value $96,171
Average Home Value $144,616


Median Household Income $52,337
Average Household Income $64,452
Per Capita Income $23,385
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.71% 0.44%
Households 0.53% 0.37%
Families 0.41% 0.31%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
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.

Carter Lake, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carter Lake 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 # 100 90th
Population Density1 # 23 98th
Diversity Index2 # 35 97th
Median Household Income # 513 49th
Per Capita Income # 826 18th

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