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The City of Primghar had a population of 994 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Primghar is located at latitude 43.0869 and longitude -95.6272 in O'Brien County. The formal boundaries for the City of Primghar encompass a land area of 1.38 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. O'Brien County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,526 feet.

The City of Primghar 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 Primghar is located within Township of Summit, a minor civil division (MCD) of O'Brien County.

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Primghar, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 994 (100%)
Population in Households 943 (94.9%)
Population in Families 744 (74.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 51 ( 5.1%)
Population Density 719
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $50,523
Average Household Income $68,437
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $29,804
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 458 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 341 (74.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 91 (19.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 26 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $91,453
Average Home Value $158,772
Housing Affordability Index3 288


Total Households 432
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 270
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.8% 0.18%
Households 0.87% 0.23%
Families 0.79% 0.22%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   2.54%
Owner Occupied HU   0.29%

Primghar, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Primghar to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 286 72nd
Population Density # 464 54th
Median Household Income # 855 15th
Housing Affordability Index # 796 79th
Per Capita Income # 585 42nd
Diversity Index # 288 72nd

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