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The City of Van Meter had a population of 1,369 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Van Meter is located at latitude 41.5266 and longitude -93.9524 in Dallas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Van Meter (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Dallas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 879 feet.

The City of Van Meter (GNIS ID: 2397116) 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 Van Meter is located within Township of Van Meter, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dallas County.

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


Total Population 1,369
Daytime Population: Workers 298
Daytime Population: Residents 620
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 918
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.67
Population in Households 1,369
Population in Familes 1,203
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 892
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $88,972
Average Household Income $103,456
Per Capita Income $38,323


Total Housing Units 542 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 424 (78.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 80 (14.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 38 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $212,500
Average Home Value $324,113


Total Households 504
Average Household Size 2.72
Family Households 388
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 4.2% 3.31%
Households 3.9% 3.27%
Families 4.6% 3.19%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   2.12%

Van Meter, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Van Meter 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 # 231 77th
Population Density # 364 64th
Diversity Index # 439 56th
Median Household Income # 9 99th
Per Capita Income # 36 97th

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