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Tama, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Tama had a population of 2,700 as of July 1, 2017. Tama ranks in 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 Tama is located at latitude 41.9631 and longitude -92.5738 in Tama County. 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. Tama County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 840 feet.

The City of Tama (GNIS ID: 2396027) 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 Tama is located within Township of Tama, a minor civil division (MCD) of Tama County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tama: Tama City.

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


Total Population 2,700
Daytime Population: Workers 1,049
Daytime Population: Residents 1,412
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,461
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.91
Population in Households 2,650
Population in Familes 2,129
Population in Group Qrtrs 50
Population Density2 829
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $43,241
Average Household Income $52,056
Per Capita Income $19,499


Total Housing Units 1,235 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 662 (53.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 357 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 216 (17.5%)
Median Home Value $86,919
Average Home Value $122,390


Total Households 1,019
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 655
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 -0.87% -0.52%
Households -0.95% -0.64%
Families -1.07% -0.71%
Median Household Income   3.19%
Per Capita Income   2.67%

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, 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 # 128 88th
Population Density # 412 59th
Diversity Index # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 893 12th
Per Capita Income # 999 1st

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