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The City of Belle Plaine had a population of 2,424 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Belle Plaine is located at latitude 41.8969 and longitude -92.2782 in Benton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Belle Plaine encompass a land area of 3.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Benton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 830 feet.

The City of Belle Plaine 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 Belle Plaine is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Benton County.

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Belle Plaine, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 2,424 (100%)
Population in Households 2,377 (98.1%)
Population in Families 1,813 (74.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 47 ( 1.9%)
Population Density 763
Diversity Index2 11


Median Household Income $50,106
Average Household Income $60,371
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $26,544
Wealth Index5 54


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,272 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 853 (67.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 215 (16.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 204 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $94,695
Average Home Value $117,213
Housing Affordability Index3 258


Total Households 1,068
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 634
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.39% -0.4%
Households -0.27% -0.32%
Families -0.34% -0.48%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   2.37%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.12%

Belle Plaine, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Belle Plaine to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 143 86th
Population Density # 440 56th
Median Household Income # 864 14th
Housing Affordability Index # 687 68th
Per Capita Income # 836 17th
Diversity Index # 531 47th

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