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Rockwell City, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Rockwell City had a population of 2,248 as of July 1, 2017. Rockwell City 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 Rockwell City is located at latitude 42.3981 and longitude -94.6289 in Calhoun County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rockwell City (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Calhoun County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,234 feet.

The City of Rockwell City (GNIS ID: 2396412) 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 Rockwell City is located within Township of Center, a minor civil division (MCD) of Calhoun County.

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


Total Population 2,248
Daytime Population: Workers 810
Daytime Population: Residents 1,050
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,860
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 2,050
Population in Familes 1,620
Population in Group Qrtrs 198
Population Density2 532
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $48,565
Average Household Income $59,673
Per Capita Income $26,269


Total Housing Units 941 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 598 (63.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 196 (20.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 147 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $64,111
Average Home Value $74,917


Total Households 794
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 482
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 3.85% -0.11%
Households 0.37% -0.03%
Families 0.32% -0.08%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.24%

Rockwell City, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rockwell City 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 # 152 85th
Population Density # 620 39th
Diversity Index # 247 76th
Median Household Income # 730 28th
Per Capita Income # 608 40th

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