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The City of Elk Horn had a population of 644 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Elk Horn is located at latitude 41.593 and longitude -95.0616 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Elk Horn (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,345 feet.

The City of Elk Horn (GNIS ID: 2394649) 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 Elk Horn is located within Township of Clay, a minor civil division (MCD) of Shelby County.

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


Total Population 644
Population in Households 590
Population in Familes 471
Population in Group Qrtrs 54
Population Density1 837
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 251
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 166
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 274 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 201 (73.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 50 (18.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $110,526
Average Home Value $158,750


Median Household Income $50,866
Average Household Income $56,931
Per Capita Income $23,786
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.44% -0.34%
Households -0.25% -0.16%
Families 0.29% -0.24%
Median Household Income   0.44%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
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.

Elk Horn, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elk Horn 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 # 406 60th
Population Density1 # 414 59th
Diversity Index2 # 401 60th
Median Household Income # 588 42nd
Per Capita Income # 789 22nd

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