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Ossian, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ossian had a population of 857 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Ossian is located at latitude 43.1467 and longitude -91.7649 in Winneshiek County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ossian (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Winneshiek County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,270 feet.

The City of Ossian (GNIS ID: 2396099) 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 Ossian is located within Township of Military, a minor civil division (MCD) of Winneshiek County.

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


Total Population 857
Population in Households 833
Population in Familes 723
Population in Group Qrtrs 24
Population Density1 773
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 352
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 260
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 381 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 283 (74.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 69 (18.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 29 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $176,923
Average Home Value $210,739


Median Household Income $60,537
Average Household Income $71,866
Per Capita Income $27,528
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.23% 0.07%
Households 0.6% 0.23%
Families 2.49% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.83%
Per Capita Income   2.16%
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.

Ossian, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ossian 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 # 340 67th
Population Density1 # 441 56th
Diversity Index2 # 536 47th
Median Household Income # 213 79th
Per Capita Income # 440 56th

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