Alta Vista, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Alta Vista, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Alta Vista had a population of 248 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Alta Vista, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 248
Population in Households 248
Population in Familes 209
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 328
Diversity Index2 5


Median Household Income $61,235
Average Household Income $65,851
Per Capita Income $25,317


Total Housing Units 132 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 86 (65.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 23 (17.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $117,857
Average Home Value $217,241


Total Households 109
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 78
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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 -0.85% -0.65%
Households -0.75% -0.74%
Families 2.23% -0.78%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

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, 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 # 651 36th
Population Density # 760 25th
Diversity Index # 887 12th
Median Household Income # 283 72nd
Per Capita Income # 805 20th

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