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Shellsburg, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Shellsburg had a population of 996 as of July 1, 2019. 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 42.0944 and longitude -91.8693 in Benton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Shellsburg 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.


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Shellsburg, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Shellsburg, IA Housing Affordability Index is 152
State of Iowa Housing Affordability Index is 164
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Shellsburg, IA Wealth Index is 98
State of Iowa Wealth Index is 86
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 996 (100%)
Population in Households 987 (99.1%)
Population in Families 827 (83.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 9 ( 0.9%)
Population Density 1,261
Diversity Index2 8
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $70,492
Average Household Income $83,338
Per Capita Income $33,722
Wealth Index4 98

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 463 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 385 (83.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 54 (11.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $237,109
Housing Affordability Index3 152
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 440
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 317
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.52% 0.14%
Households 0.69% 0.18%
Families 2.0% 0.06%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

Shellsburg, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shellsburg to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 290 71st
Population Density # 166 84th
Diversity Index # 713 30th
Median Household Income # 216 79th
Per Capita Income # 252 75th

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