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The City of Orleans had a population of 595 as of July 1, 2021. Orleans 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 Orleans is located at latitude 43.4472 and longitude -95.0925 in Dickinson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Orleans encompass a land area of 1.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Dickinson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,407 feet.

The City of Orleans 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 Orleans is located within Township of Spirit Lake, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dickinson County.

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


Total Population 595 (100%)
Population in Households 595 (100.0%)
Population in Families 494 (83.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 535
Diversity Index2 5


Median Household Income $66,485
Average Household Income $92,925
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $42,655
Wealth Index5 141


Total HU (Housing Units) 591 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 259 (43.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 31 ( 5.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 302 (51.1%)
Median Home Value $339,130
Average Home Value $415,962
Housing Affordability Index3 124


Total Households 289
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 208
Average Family Size 2
  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 0.09% 0.1%
Households 0.09% 0.14%
Families 0.13% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
Owner Occupied HU   0.23%

Orleans, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Orleans 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 # 416 59th
Population Density # 606 40th
Median Household Income # 323 68th
Housing Affordability Index # 221 22nd
Per Capita Income # 67 93rd
Diversity Index # 911 10th

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