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Tama, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Tama is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Tama County at latitude 41.9631 and longitude -92.5738. Tama County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 840 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Tama, but most people and references simply refer to it as Tama, Iowa.

The P1 Census Class Code for Tama indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Tama (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tama: Tama City.

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Tama, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,828
Population in Households 2,765
Population in Familes 2,230
Population in Group Qrtrs 63
Population Density1 868
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 1,072
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 691
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,234 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 696 (56.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 376 (30.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 162 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $83,333
Average Home Value $98,276


Median Household Income $41,500
Average Household Income $49,904
Per Capita Income $18,683
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.4% -0.2%
Households -0.43% -0.26%
Families -0.57% -0.41%
Median Household Income   2.98%
Per Capita Income   2.66%
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.


Tama, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tama to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 124 88th
Population Density1 # 386 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 8 99th
Median Household Income # 870 14th
Per Capita Income # 990 2nd

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