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What Cheer, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of What Cheer had a population of 585 as of July 1, 2018. What Cheer ranks in the lower 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 What Cheer is located at latitude 41.4014 and longitude -92.3546 in Keokuk County. The formal boundaries for the City of What Cheer encompass a land area of 1.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Keokuk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 778 feet.

The City of What Cheer (GNIS ID: 2397291) 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 What Cheer is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Keokuk County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for What Cheer: Petersburg.

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


Total Population 585
Population in Households 585
Population in Familes 431
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 478
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $36,291
Average Household Income $42,988
Per Capita Income $19,340


Total Housing Units 318 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 208 (65.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 56 (17.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 54 (17.0%)
Median Home Value $43,333
Average Home Value $74,519


Total Households 264
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 147
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 -1.2% -1.01%
Households -1.26% -1.0%
Families -1.32% -1.11%
Median Household Income   1.2%
Per Capita Income   1.68%

What Cheer, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares What Cheer 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 # 427 58th
Population Density # 665 34th
Diversity Index # 874 14th
Median Household Income # 997 1st
Per Capita Income # 1003 1st

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