Chelsea, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Chelsea, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Chelsea had a population of 275 as of July 1, 2016. Chelsea ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper 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 Chelsea is located at latitude 41.9205 and longitude -92.3945 in Tama County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chelsea (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Tama County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 787 feet.

The City of Chelsea (GNIS ID: 2393814) 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 Chelsea is located within Township of Salt Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tama County.

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


Total Population 275
Population in Households 275
Population in Familes 238
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 272
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 96
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 69
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 111 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 88 (79.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 8 ( 7.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 15 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $132,692
Average Home Value $135,795


Median Household Income $48,440
Average Household Income $58,514
Per Capita Income $21,799
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.47% 0.43%
Households 0.34% 0.21%
Families 2.26% 0.29%
Median Household Income   -0.24%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
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.

Chelsea, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chelsea 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 # 624 38th
Population Density1 # 813 20th
Diversity Index2 # 24 98th
Median Household Income # 663 34th
Per Capita Income # 924 9th

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