West Branch, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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The City of West Branch had a population of 2,376 as of July 1, 2018. West Branch 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 West Branch is located at latitude 41.6628 and longitude -91.3407 in Cedar County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Branch (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cedar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 718 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of West Branch are located in Cedar County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Johnson County.

The City of West Branch (GNIS ID: 2397261) 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 West Branch is located within Township of Springdale, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cedar County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Branch 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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West Branch, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,376
Population in Households 2,257
Population in Familes 1,768
Population in Group Qrtrs 119
Population Density1 745
Diversity Index2 16


Median Household Income $58,696
Average Household Income $71,994
Per Capita Income $29,268


Total Housing Units 1,006 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 742 (73.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 229 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 35 ( 3.5%)
Median Home Value $168,151
Average Home Value $179,919


Total Households 971
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 627
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 0.28% 0.2%
Households 0.3% 0.23%
Families 0.29% 0.13%
Median Household Income   0.64%
Per Capita Income   1.26%

West Branch, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Branch 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 # 144 86th
Population Density # 462 54th
Diversity Index # 243 76th
Median Household Income # 367 64th
Per Capita Income # 462 54th

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