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Ralston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ralston had a population of 84 as of July 1, 2019. Ralston ranks in the lower 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 Ralston is located at latitude 42.0417 and longitude -94.633 in Carroll County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ralston encompass a land area of 1.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Carroll County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,129 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Ralston are located in Carroll County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Greene County.

The City of Ralston (GNIS ID: 2396308) 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 Ralston is located within Township of Glidden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carroll County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ralston: Slater Siding.

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


Total Population 84
Population in Households 84
Population in Familes 71
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density 42
Diversity Index1 7


Median Household Income $60,354
Average Household Income $82,264
Per Capita Income $34,323
Wealth Index3 96


Total Housing Units 47 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 33 (70.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 8 (17.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $200,000
Housing Affordability Index2 0


Total Households 40
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 28
Average Family Size 3
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.67% 0.24%
Households 0.56% 0.5%
Families 4.28% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.65%
Per Capita Income   3.25%

Ralston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ralston 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 # 895 11th
Population Density # 998 1st
Diversity Index # 747 26th
Median Household Income # 416 59th
Per Capita Income # 220 78th

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