Essex, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Essex, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Essex had a population of 823 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Essex is located at latitude 40.8327 and longitude -95.3038 in Page County. The formal boundaries for the City of Essex (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Page County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 994 feet.

The City of Essex (GNIS ID: 2394702) 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 Essex is located within Township of Pierce, a minor civil division (MCD) of Page County.

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


Total Population 823
Daytime Population: Workers 222
Daytime Population: Residents 413
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 635
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.77
Population in Households 823
Population in Familes 680
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 547
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $45,932
Average Household Income $52,775
Per Capita Income $21,984


Total Housing Units 384 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 251 (65.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 93 (24.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 40 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $73,295
Average Home Value $96,116


Total Households 344
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 234
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 0.43% 0.1%
Households 0.45% 0.06%
Families 0.36% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.25%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

Essex, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex 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 # 352 65th
Population Density # 609 40th
Diversity Index # 372 63rd
Median Household Income # 825 18th
Per Capita Income # 946 6th

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