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Creston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Creston is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Union County at latitude 41.0603 and longitude -94.3653. Union County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,312 feet.

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

The P1 Census Class Code for Creston 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 Creston (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles.

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


Total Population 7,807
Population in Households 7,535
Population in Familes 5,635
Population in Group Qrtrs 272
Population Density1 1,505
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 3,370
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 1,958
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,819 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,166 (56.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,204 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 449 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $107,604
Average Home Value $130,797


Median Household Income $37,283
Average Household Income $46,645
Per Capita Income $20,385
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.08% -0.03%
Households -0.06% -0.04%
Families -0.18% -0.29%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   2.86%
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.


Creston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Creston 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 # 51 95th
Population Density1 # 98 90th
Diversity Index2 # 216 79th
Median Household Income # 973 4th
Per Capita Income # 944 7th

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