Essex, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Essex, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Essex had a population of 811 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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Essex, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 811
Population in Households 811
Population in Familes 665
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 539
Diversity Index2 12


Median Household Income $46,480
Average Household Income $57,107
Per Capita Income $23,788


Total Housing Units 382 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 255 (66.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 84 (22.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 43 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $74,296
Average Home Value $95,768


Total Households 339
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 230
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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 0.2% -0.12%
Households 0.22% -0.06%
Families 0.11% -0.17%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.8%

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, 2018 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 # 356 65th
Population Density # 613 39th
Diversity Index # 379 63rd
Median Household Income # 831 18th
Per Capita Income # 907 10th

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