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The City of West Bend had a population of 775 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for West Bend is located at latitude 42.9569 and longitude -94.4411 in Palo Alto County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Bend encompass a land area of 0.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Palo Alto County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,191 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of West Bend are located in Palo Alto County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Kossuth County.

The City of West Bend 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 West Bend is located within Township of Garfield, a minor civil division (MCD) of Palo Alto County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Bend: Ives.

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


Total Population 775 (100%)
Population in Households 747 (96.4%)
Population in Families 576 (74.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 28 ( 3.6%)
Population Density 875
Diversity Index2 8


Median Household Income $50,666
Average Household Income $64,660
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $29,913
Wealth Index5 73


Total HU (Housing Units) 410 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 287 (70.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 75 (18.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 48 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $127,174
Average Home Value $178,571
Housing Affordability Index3 236


Total Households 362
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 214
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 -0.11% -0.13%
Households 0.05% -0.11%
Families 0.04% -0.09%
Median Household Income   -0.19%
Per Capita Income   0.75%
Owner Occupied HU   0.0%

West Bend, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Bend 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 # 366 64th
Population Density # 367 64th
Median Household Income # 852 16th
Housing Affordability Index # 571 57th
Per Capita Income # 581 42nd
Diversity Index # 711 30th

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