Palo Alto County IA Information


Palo Alto County Subdivisions

Palo Alto County IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 9,332
Daytime Population: Workers 4,552
Daytime Population: Residents 4,419
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,971
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 9,006
Population in Familes 6,996
Population in Group Qrtrs 326
Population Density2 17
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $49,625
Average Household Income $60,959
Per Capita Income $26,401


Total Housing Units 4,678 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,918 (62.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,067 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 693 (14.8%)
Median Home Value $92,765
Average Home Value $128,384


Total Households 3,985
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 2,474
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 -0.13% -0.14%
Households -0.03% -0.1%
Families -0.2% -0.21%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.81%


Palo Alto County IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palo Alto County to the other 99 counties and county equivalents 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 # 81 19th
Population Density # 84 16th
Diversity Index # 56 45th
Median Household Income # 67 33rd
Per Capita Income # 62 38th

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