Cresco, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Cresco, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Cresco had a population of 3,798 as of July 1, 2018. Cresco ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cresco is located at latitude 43.3718 and longitude -92.1163 in Howard County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cresco (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Howard County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,289 feet.

The City of Cresco (GNIS ID: 2393669) 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 Cresco is located within Township of Vernon Springs, a minor civil division (MCD) of Howard County.

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


Total Population 3,798
Population in Households 3,682
Population in Familes 2,743
Population in Group Qrtrs 116
Population Density2 1,134
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $42,556
Average Household Income $60,473
Per Capita Income $26,288


Total Housing Units 1,788 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,248 (69.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 385 (21.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 155 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $98,714
Average Home Value $122,835


Total Households 1,633
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 939
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 -0.22% -0.32%
Households -0.2% -0.31%
Families -0.29% -0.43%
Median Household Income   1.05%
Per Capita Income   1.71%

Cresco, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cresco 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 # 104 90th
Population Density # 227 78th
Diversity Index # 480 53rd
Median Household Income # 938 7th
Per Capita Income # 733 27th

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