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The City of Sheldahl had a population of 346 as of July 1, 2021. Sheldahl ranks in the lower 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 Sheldahl is located at latitude 41.8644 and longitude -93.6972 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sheldahl encompass a land area of 0.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,030 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Sheldahl are located in Story County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into Polk County, and Boone County.

The City of Sheldahl 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 Sheldahl is located within Township of Palestine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

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


Total Population 346 (100%)
Population in Households 346 (100.0%)
Population in Families 301 (87.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 414
Diversity Index2 7


Median Household Income $84,011
Average Household Income $96,192
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $35,867
Wealth Index5 92


Total HU (Housing Units) 144 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 116 (80.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (13.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 9 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $240,476
Average Home Value $273,465
Housing Affordability Index3 228


Total Households 135
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 103
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 0.72% 1.73%
Households 0.76% 1.72%
Families 0.44% 1.87%
Median Household Income   1.47%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
Owner Occupied HU   1.99%

Sheldahl, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sheldahl 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 # 557 45th
Population Density # 697 31st
Median Household Income # 71 93rd
Housing Affordability Index # 527 52nd
Per Capita Income # 235 77th
Diversity Index # 767 25th

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