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Beacon, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Beacon had a population of 592 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Beacon is located at latitude 41.2746 and longitude -92.6814 in Mahaska County. The formal boundaries for the City of Beacon (see map below) encompass a land area of 1 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Mahaska County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 761 feet.

The City of Beacon (GNIS ID: 2394092) 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 Beacon is located within Township of Garfield, a minor civil division (MCD) of Mahaska County.

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


Total Population 592
Daytime Population: Workers 20
Daytime Population: Residents 288
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 308
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.52
Population in Households 566
Population in Familes 483
Population in Group Qrtrs 26
Population Density2 592
Diversity Index3 8


Median Household Income $59,430
Average Household Income $64,017
Per Capita Income $26,072


Total Housing Units 259 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 217 (83.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 38 (14.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 4 ( 1.5%)
Median Home Value $160,662
Average Home Value $163,249


Total Households 255
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 193
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 2.53% 0.83%
Households 2.51% 0.92%
Families 4.12% 0.82%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.98%

Beacon, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beacon 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 # 425 58th
Population Density # 571 44th
Diversity Index # 641 37th
Median Household Income # 278 73rd
Per Capita Income # 633 37th

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