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Palmer, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Palmer had a population of 163 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Palmer is located at latitude 42.6299 and longitude -94.5985 in Pocahontas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palmer (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pocahontas County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,243 feet.

The City of Palmer (GNIS ID: 2396129) 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 Palmer is located within Township of Bellville, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pocahontas County.

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


Total Population 163
Daytime Population: Workers 55
Daytime Population: Residents 85
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 140
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.86
Population in Households 163
Population in Familes 129
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 385
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $55,431
Average Household Income $67,443
Per Capita Income $30,499


Total Housing Units 102 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 68 (66.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 16 (15.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 (17.6%)
Median Home Value $73,529
Average Home Value $117,647


Total Households 84
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 55
Average Family Size 2
  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 -0.17% -0.37%
Households -0.16% -0.24%
Families 4.49% -0.37%
Median Household Income   2.66%
Per Capita Income   2.88%

Palmer, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmer 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 # 758 25th
Population Density # 722 29th
Diversity Index # 258 74th
Median Household Income # 427 58th
Per Capita Income # 270 73rd

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