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West Union, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of West Union had a population of 2,369 as of July 1, 2018. West Union ranks in the upper 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 West Union is located at latitude 42.9628 and longitude -91.8082 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Union encompass a land area of 2.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,188 feet.

The City of West Union (GNIS ID: 468989) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Union is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Fayette County.

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West Union, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,369
Population in Households 2,217
Population in Familes 1,638
Population in Group Qrtrs 152
Population Density2 853
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $48,306
Average Household Income $57,499
Per Capita Income $25,864


Total Housing Units 1,240 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 703 (56.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 342 (27.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 195 (15.7%)
Median Home Value $96,508
Average Home Value $124,501


Total Households 1,045
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 595
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.58% -0.89%
Households -0.69% -0.94%
Families -0.61% -1.1%
Median Household Income   1.08%
Per Capita Income   1.29%

West Union, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Union to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 145 86th
Population Density # 391 61st
Diversity Index # 241 76th
Median Household Income # 781 23rd
Per Capita Income # 760 25th

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