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Story City, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Story City had a population of 3,587 as of July 1, 2017. Story City 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 Story City is located at latitude 42.1857 and longitude -93.5869 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Story City (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,007 feet.

The City of Story City (GNIS ID: 2395976) 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 Story City is located within Township of Lafayette, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Story City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Story City, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,587
Daytime Population: Workers 1,778
Daytime Population: Residents 2,028
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,806
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 3,383
Population in Familes 2,640
Population in Group Qrtrs 204
Population Density2 1,309
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $55,362
Average Household Income $77,126
Per Capita Income $33,020


Total Housing Units 1,624 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,047 (64.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 475 (29.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 102 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $163,140
Average Home Value $208,628


Total Households 1,522
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 935
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.62% 0.46%
Households 0.46% 0.51%
Families 0.6% 0.36%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   2.23%

Story City, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Story City to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 110 89th
Population Density # 153 85th
Diversity Index # 396 61st
Median Household Income # 430 57th
Per Capita Income # 140 86th

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