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Wapello, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Wapello had a population of 1,989 as of July 1, 2017. Wapello ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Wapello is located at latitude 41.1772 and longitude -91.1874 in Louisa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wapello (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Louisa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 584 feet.

The City of Wapello (GNIS ID: 2397192) 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 Wapello is located within Township of Wapello, a minor civil division (MCD) of Louisa County.

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


Total Population 1,989
Daytime Population: Workers 1,013
Daytime Population: Residents 1,176
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,189
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 1,946
Population in Familes 1,570
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density2 1,537
Diversity Index3 28


Median Household Income $46,087
Average Household Income $52,979
Per Capita Income $21,444


Total Housing Units 889 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 574 (64.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 221 (24.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 94 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $99,364
Average Home Value $117,683


Total Households 795
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 519
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 -0.53% -0.45%
Households -0.51% -0.46%
Families -0.65% -0.58%
Median Household Income   2.92%
Per Capita Income   2.97%

Wapello, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wapello 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 # 170 83rd
Population Density # 88 91st
Diversity Index # 92 91st
Median Household Income # 821 19th
Per Capita Income # 965 4th

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