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The City of Emerson had a population of 560 as of July 1, 2017. Emerson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Emerson is located at latitude 41.018 and longitude -95.4027 in Mills County. The formal boundaries for the City of Emerson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Mills County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,056 feet.

The City of Emerson (GNIS ID: 2394685) 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 Emerson is located within Township of Indian Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Mills County.

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


Total Population 560
Daytime Population: Workers 146
Daytime Population: Residents 250
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 396
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.71
Population in Households 560
Population in Familes 455
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,187
Diversity Index3 4


Median Household Income $50,988
Average Household Income $57,536
Per Capita Income $23,951


Total Housing Units 236 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 205 (86.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 30 (12.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1 ( 0.4%)
Median Home Value $88,971
Average Home Value $118,873


Total Households 235
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 158
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 3.45% 2.16%
Households 3.28% 2.04%
Families 3.51% 1.95%
Median Household Income   0.62%
Per Capita Income   1.96%

Emerson, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Emerson 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 # 437 57th
Population Density # 20 98th
Diversity Index # 928 8th
Median Household Income # 650 36th
Per Capita Income # 831 18th

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