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Colo, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Colo had a population of 914 as of July 1, 2015. Colo ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Colo is located at latitude 42.0145 and longitude -93.3186 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Colo (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,040 feet.

The City of Colo (GNIS ID: 2393600) 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 Colo is located within Township of New Albany, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Colo population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Colo, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 914
Population in Households 914
Population in Familes 771
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 861
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 367
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 264
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 390 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 281 (72.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 86 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $98,589
Average Home Value $102,224


Median Household Income $53,742
Average Household Income $59,840
Per Capita Income $23,966
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.81% 0.92%
Households 1.02% 0.96%
Families 0.89% 0.89%
Median Household Income   2.63%
Per Capita Income   2.91%
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.


Colo, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colo to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 315 69th
Population Density1 # 393 61st
Diversity Index2 # 843 17th
Median Household Income # 448 56th
Per Capita Income # 718 29th

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