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Buffalo Center, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Buffalo Center had a population of 917 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 917
Daytime Population: Workers 654
Daytime Population: Residents 495
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,149
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.25
Population in Households 890
Population in Familes 702
Population in Group Qrtrs 27
Population Density2 854
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $34,713
Average Household Income $53,290
Per Capita Income $24,261


Total Housing Units 456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 333 (73.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 82 (18.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 41 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $65,138
Average Home Value $91,168


Total Households 415
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 253
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 0.18% 0.17%
Households 0.34% 0.24%
Families 0.62% 0.16%
Median Household Income   4.41%
Per Capita Income   3.2%

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, 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 # 312 69th
Population Density # 395 61st
Diversity Index # 116 89th
Median Household Income # 1001 1st
Per Capita Income # 807 20th

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