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Lost Nation, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Lost Nation had a population of 464 as of July 1, 2017. Lost Nation ranks in the lower 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 Lost Nation is located at latitude 41.9666 and longitude -90.8167 in Clinton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lost Nation (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.63 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Clinton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 755 feet.

The City of Lost Nation (GNIS ID: 2395767) 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 Lost Nation is located within Township of Sharon, a minor civil division (MCD) of Clinton County.

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


Total Population 464
Daytime Population: Workers 119
Daytime Population: Residents 266
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 385
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 464
Population in Familes 359
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 730
Diversity Index3 6


Median Household Income $45,430
Average Household Income $61,227
Per Capita Income $26,571


Total Housing Units 229 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 147 (64.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 63 (27.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $82,143
Average Home Value $115,034


Total Households 211
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 127
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 0.55% 0.09%
Households 0.67% 0.09%
Families 0.79% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.06%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

Lost Nation, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lost Nation 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 # 488 52nd
Population Density # 464 54th
Diversity Index # 814 20th
Median Household Income # 836 17th
Per Capita Income # 582 42nd

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