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Wadena, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Wadena had a population of 276 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Wadena is located at latitude 42.8398 and longitude -91.6594 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wadena (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 886 feet.

The City of Wadena (GNIS ID: 2397161) 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 Wadena is located within Township of Illyria, a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.

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


Total Population 276
Daytime Population: Workers 40
Daytime Population: Residents 144
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 184
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.67
Population in Households 276
Population in Familes 223
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 374
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $47,541
Average Household Income $54,078
Per Capita Income $22,611


Total Housing Units 129 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 93 (72.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 25 (19.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 11 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $97,500
Average Home Value $232,258


Total Households 118
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 81
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 0.72% 0.0%
Households 0.85% 0.17%
Families 2.44% -0.25%
Median Household Income   2.08%
Per Capita Income   2.94%

Wadena, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wadena 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 # 623 38th
Population Density # 725 28th
Diversity Index # 499 50th
Median Household Income # 763 24th
Per Capita Income # 921 9th

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