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The City of Chariton had a population of 4,220 as of July 1, 2017. Chariton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chariton is located at latitude 41.0176 and longitude -93.3094 in Lucas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chariton (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lucas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,040 feet.

The City of Chariton (GNIS ID: 467591) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Chariton is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Lucas County.

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


Total Population 4,220
Daytime Population: Workers 3,454
Daytime Population: Residents 2,430
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,884
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.39
Population in Households 4,146
Population in Familes 3,205
Population in Group Qrtrs 74
Population Density2 1,106
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $40,813
Average Household Income $51,308
Per Capita Income $22,406


Total Housing Units 2,095 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,219 (58.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 601 (28.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 275 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $77,537
Average Home Value $90,381


Total Households 1,820
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 1,075
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 -0.33% -0.25%
Households -0.31% -0.23%
Families -0.43% -0.36%
Median Household Income   4.25%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

Chariton, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chariton 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 # 96 91st
Population Density # 243 76th
Diversity Index # 620 38th
Median Household Income # 945 6th
Per Capita Income # 933 8th

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