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Prairie City, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Prairie City had a population of 1,864 as of July 1, 2017. Prairie City 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 Prairie City is located at latitude 41.5953 and longitude -93.2392 in Jasper County. The formal boundaries for the City of Prairie City (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jasper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 928 feet.

The City of Prairie City (GNIS ID: 2396266) 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 Prairie City is located within Township of Des Moines, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jasper County.

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


Total Population 1,864
Daytime Population: Workers 333
Daytime Population: Residents 981
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,314
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.70
Population in Households 1,830
Population in Familes 1,590
Population in Group Qrtrs 34
Population Density2 1,547
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $61,325
Average Household Income $69,604
Per Capita Income $26,199


Total Housing Units 702 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 521 (74.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 174 (24.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 ( 1.0%)
Median Home Value $140,291
Average Home Value $158,269


Total Households 695
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 513
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 1.44% 0.89%
Households 1.34% 0.88%
Families 1.27% 0.81%
Median Household Income   2.19%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

Prairie City, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Prairie City 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 # 178 82nd
Population Density # 83 92nd
Diversity Index # 268 74th
Median Household Income # 220 78th
Per Capita Income # 614 39th

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