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The City of West Branch had a population of 2,364 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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West Branch, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,364
Daytime Population: Workers 1,097
Daytime Population: Residents 973
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,070
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 2,245
Population in Familes 1,774
Population in Group Qrtrs 119
Population Density2 741
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $59,439
Average Household Income $68,709
Per Capita Income $27,903


Total Housing Units 1,012 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 736 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 228 (22.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 49 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $149,498
Average Home Value $178,401


Total Households 963
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 624
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 0.25% 0.08%
Households 0.23% 0.02%
Families 0.27% -0.1%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   2.31%

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, 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 # 145 86th
Population Density # 461 54th
Diversity Index # 269 73rd
Median Household Income # 277 73rd
Per Capita Income # 456 55th

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