Alta Vista, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Alta Vista, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alta Vista had a population of 248 as of July 1, 2017. Alta Vista ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Alta Vista is located at latitude 43.1968 and longitude -92.417 in Chickasaw County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alta Vista (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chickasaw County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,158 feet.

The City of Alta Vista (GNIS ID: 2393930) 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 Alta Vista is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Chickasaw County.

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


Total Population 248
Daytime Population: Workers 29
Daytime Population: Residents 116
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 145
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.58
Population in Households 248
Population in Familes 210
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 328
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $57,252
Average Household Income $63,788
Per Capita Income $24,299


Total Housing Units 129 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 90 (69.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (14.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 (15.5%)
Median Home Value $110,714
Average Home Value $203,297


Total Households 109
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 78
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 -0.96% -0.9%
Households -0.85% -0.93%
Families 2.55% -1.05%
Median Household Income   4.73%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

Alta Vista, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alta Vista 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 # 655 35th
Population Density # 762 25th
Diversity Index # 877 13th
Median Household Income # 337 67th
Per Capita Income # 803 21st

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