Clear Lake, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Clear Lake, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Clear Lake had a population of 7,888 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Clear Lake is located at latitude 43.138 and longitude -93.3794 in Cerro Gordo County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clear Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.8 sq. miles and a water area of 2.64 sq. miles. Cerro Gordo County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,234 feet.

The City of Clear Lake (GNIS ID: 467618) 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 Clear Lake is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Cerro Gordo County.

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Clear Lake, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 7,888
Population in Households 7,654
Population in Familes 5,747
Population in Group Qrtrs 234
Population Density2 731
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $56,779
Average Household Income $71,637
Per Capita Income $32,524


Total Housing Units 4,478 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,514 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,068 (23.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 896 (20.0%)
Median Home Value $172,358
Average Home Value $234,189


Total Households 3,582
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 2,110
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.17% 0.23%
Households 0.26% 0.24%
Families 0.13% 0.12%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

Clear Lake, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clear Lake to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 50 95th
Population Density # 468 54th
Diversity Index # 280 73rd
Median Household Income # 457 55th
Per Capita Income # 253 75th

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