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Emmetsburg, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Emmetsburg had a population of 3,872 as of July 1, 2017. Emmetsburg ranks in the upper 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 Emmetsburg is located at latitude 43.1148 and longitude -94.6796 in Palo Alto County. The formal boundaries for the City of Emmetsburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.81 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Palo Alto County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,240 feet.

The City of Emmetsburg (GNIS ID: 2394689) 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 Emmetsburg is located within Township of Emmetsburg, a minor civil division (MCD) of Palo Alto County.

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


Total Population 3,872
Daytime Population: Workers 2,288
Daytime Population: Residents 1,831
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,119
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 3,622
Population in Familes 2,690
Population in Group Qrtrs 250
Population Density2 1,016
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $49,512
Average Household Income $58,938
Per Capita Income $25,499


Total Housing Units 1,844 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,101 (59.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 528 (28.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 215 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $113,827
Average Home Value $147,025


Total Households 1,629
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 962
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 -0.11% -0.11%
Households -0.03% -0.07%
Families -0.07% -0.21%
Median Household Income   2.09%
Per Capita Income   2.66%

Emmetsburg, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Emmetsburg 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 # 101 90th
Population Density # 288 72nd
Diversity Index # 213 79th
Median Household Income # 705 30th
Per Capita Income # 685 32nd

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