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The City of West Branch had a population of 2,558 as of July 1, 2021. West Branch 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 West Branch is located at latitude 41.6714 and longitude -91.3465 in Cedar County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Branch encompass a land area of 3.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cedar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 718 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of West Branch are located in Cedar County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Johnson County.

The City of West Branch 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 West Branch is located within Township of Springdale, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cedar County.

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West Branch, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 2,558 (100%)
Population in Households 2,440 (95.4%)
Population in Families 1,918 (75.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 118 ( 4.6%)
Population Density 1,000
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $67,024
Average Household Income $77,963
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $31,310
Wealth Index5 71


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,107 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 839 (75.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 212 (19.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $176,709
Average Home Value $209,911
Housing Affordability Index3 222


Total Households 1,051
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 675
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 0.9% 0.62%
Households 0.95% 0.64%
Families 0.9% 0.59%
Median Household Income   0.46%
Per Capita Income   1.35%
Owner Occupied HU   0.73%

West Branch, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Branch 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 # 135 87th
Population Density # 292 71st
Median Household Income # 303 70th
Housing Affordability Index # 500 50th
Per Capita Income # 474 53rd
Diversity Index # 253 75th

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