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Dows, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Dows had a population of 523 as of July 1, 2017. Dows 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 Dows is located at latitude 42.6618 and longitude -93.5055 in Wright County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dows (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Wright County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,148 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Dows are located in Wright County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Franklin County.

The City of Dows (GNIS ID: 2394560) 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 Dows is located within Township of Blaine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wright County.

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


Total Population 523
Daytime Population: Workers 114
Daytime Population: Residents 298
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 412
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 523
Population in Familes 408
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 680
Diversity Index3 27


Median Household Income $46,779
Average Household Income $64,946
Per Capita Income $28,592


Total Housing Units 307 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 191 (62.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 52 (16.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 64 (20.8%)
Median Home Value $73,295
Average Home Value $124,869


Total Households 243
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 157
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 -0.39% -0.58%
Households -0.39% -0.58%
Families 1.39% -0.78%
Median Household Income   5.65%
Per Capita Income   3.26%

Dows, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dows 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 # 451 55th
Population Density # 506 50th
Diversity Index # 100 90th
Median Household Income # 792 22nd
Per Capita Income # 394 61st

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