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Creston, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Creston had a population of 7,646 as of July 1, 2017. Creston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Creston is located at latitude 41.0603 and longitude -94.3653 in Union County. 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. Union County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,312 feet.

The City of Creston (GNIS ID: 467666) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Creston is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Union County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Creston 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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Creston, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,646
Daytime Population: Workers 5,718
Daytime Population: Residents 3,801
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 9,519
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.24
Population in Households 7,303
Population in Familes 5,439
Population in Group Qrtrs 343
Population Density2 1,474
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $40,827
Average Household Income $53,291
Per Capita Income $23,041


Total Housing Units 3,760 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,085 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,151 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 524 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $95,007
Average Home Value $111,823


Total Households 3,236
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 1,877
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 -0.33% -0.76%
Households -0.59% -0.86%
Families -0.69% -1.01%
Median Household Income   2.92%
Per Capita Income   2.43%

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, 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 # 52 95th
Population Density # 104 90th
Diversity Index # 177 82nd
Median Household Income # 944 7th
Per Capita Income # 891 12th

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