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Shellsburg, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Shellsburg had a population of 995 as of July 1, 2017. Shellsburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shellsburg is located at latitude 42.0929 and longitude -91.871 in Benton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shellsburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Benton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 791 feet.

The City of Shellsburg (GNIS ID: 468690) 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 Shellsburg is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Benton County.

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


Total Population 995
Daytime Population: Workers 218
Daytime Population: Residents 405
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 623
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.63
Population in Households 987
Population in Familes 828
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density2 1,298
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $75,000
Average Household Income $80,778
Per Capita Income $32,709


Total Housing Units 455 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 375 (82.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 63 (13.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 17 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $205,515
Average Home Value $208,400


Total Households 438
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 317
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 0.17% 0.06%
Households 0.32% 0.14%
Families 1.93% 0.06%
Median Household Income   1.12%
Per Capita Income   2.13%

Shellsburg, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shellsburg 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 # 288 72nd
Population Density # 161 84th
Diversity Index # 654 35th
Median Household Income # 62 93rd
Per Capita Income # 154 85th

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