Buffalo Center, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Buffalo Center, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Buffalo Center had a population of 923 as of July 1, 2016. Buffalo Center 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 Buffalo Center is located at latitude 43.3894 and longitude -93.9428 in Winnebago County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo Center (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.07 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Winnebago County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,194 feet.

The City of Buffalo Center (GNIS ID: 2393457) 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 Buffalo Center is located within Township of Buffalo, a minor civil division (MCD) of Winnebago County.

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


Total Population 923
Population in Households 899
Population in Familes 710
Population in Group Qrtrs 24
Population Density1 860
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 419
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 256
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 336 (73.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 83 (18.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 37 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $63,221
Average Home Value $88,131


Median Household Income $34,450
Average Household Income $53,018
Per Capita Income $24,226
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.32% 0.32%
Households 0.55% 0.43%
Families 0.9% 0.39%
Median Household Income   -0.62%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
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.

Buffalo Center, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo Center 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 # 313 69th
Population Density1 # 389 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 122 88th
Median Household Income # 999 1st
Per Capita Income # 756 25th

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