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The City of Burlington had a population of 24,470 as of July 1, 2021. Burlington ranks in the upper 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 Burlington is located at latitude 40.8075 and longitude -91.1129 in Des Moines County. The formal boundaries for the City of Burlington encompass a land area of 14.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.76 sq. miles. Des Moines County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 604 feet.

The City of Burlington has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves 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 Burlington is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Des Moines County.

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Burlington, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 24,470 (100%)
Population in Households 24,039 (98.2%)
Population in Families 18,122 (74.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 431 ( 1.8%)
Population Density 1,699
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $47,037
Average Household Income $60,840
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $26,296
Wealth Index5 54


Total HU (Housing Units) 11,642 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,881 (59.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,692 (31.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,069 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $99,365
Average Home Value $128,356
Housing Affordability Index3 230


Total Households 10,573
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 6,329
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.39% -0.62%
Households -0.27% -0.55%
Families -0.49% -0.67%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.17%

Burlington, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Burlington to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 21 98th
Population Density # 45 96th
Median Household Income # 931 8th
Housing Affordability Index # 537 53rd
Per Capita Income # 846 16th
Diversity Index # 73 93rd

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