Ralston, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ralston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ralston had a population of 83 as of July 1, 2017. Ralston ranks in the lower 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 Ralston is located at latitude 42.0418 and longitude -94.6293 in Carroll County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ralston (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Carroll County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,129 feet.

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

The City of Ralston (GNIS ID: 2396308) 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 Ralston is located within Township of Glidden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carroll County.

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


Total Population 83
Daytime Population: Workers 89
Daytime Population: Residents 33
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 122
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.47
Population in Households 83
Population in Familes 69
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 42
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $47,696
Average Household Income $61,373
Per Capita Income $24,572


Total Housing Units 47 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 32 (68.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 8 (17.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $121,429
Average Home Value $135,833


Total Households 40
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 27
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 0.68% 0.0%
Households 0.71% 0.0%
Families 4.97% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   2.93%

Ralston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ralston 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 # 891 11th
Population Density # 999 1st
Diversity Index # 878 14th
Median Household Income # 761 25th
Per Capita Income # 773 23rd

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