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Alden, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Alden had a population of 830 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Alden is located at latitude 42.5094 and longitude -93.3731 in Hardin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Alden (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Hardin County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,112 feet.

The City of Alden (GNIS ID: 2393911) 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 Alden is located within Township of Alden, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hardin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Alden population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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


Total Population 830
Population in Households 830
Population in Familes 678
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 486
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $59,517
Average Household Income $80,918
Per Capita Income $33,474


Total Housing Units 368 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 289 (78.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 68 (18.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 11 ( 3.0%)
Median Home Value $86,157
Average Home Value $117,128


Total Households 357
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 241
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 0.65% 0.17%
Households 0.67% 0.22%
Families 1.45% 0.08%
Median Household Income   2.52%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

Alden, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Alden 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 # 343 66th
Population Density # 661 35th
Diversity Index # 567 43rd
Median Household Income # 342 66th
Per Capita Income # 214 79th

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