Wapello, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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The City of Wapello had a population of 1,992 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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


Total Population 1,992
Population in Households 1,949
Population in Familes 1,559
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density1 1,539
Diversity Index2 28


Median Household Income $49,255
Average Household Income $57,957
Per Capita Income $23,373


Total Housing Units 874 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 556 (63.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 240 (27.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 78 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $104,587
Average Home Value $124,685


Total Households 796
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 520
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 -0.45% -0.39%
Households -0.43% -0.43%
Families -0.55% -0.54%
Median Household Income   1.21%
Per Capita Income   1.72%

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, 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 # 168 83rd
Population Density # 88 91st
Diversity Index # 90 91st
Median Household Income # 762 25th
Per Capita Income # 930 8th

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