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Carson, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Carson had a population of 835 as of July 1, 2017. Carson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carson is located at latitude 41.2359 and longitude -95.4185 in Pottawattamie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pottawattamie County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,152 feet.

The City of Carson (GNIS ID: 2393755) 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 Carson is located within Township of Carson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pottawattamie County.

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


Total Population 835
Daytime Population: Workers 119
Daytime Population: Residents 414
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 533
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.64
Population in Households 835
Population in Familes 701
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,178
Diversity Index3 7


Median Household Income $59,895
Average Household Income $76,210
Per Capita Income $30,719


Total Housing Units 353 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 269 (76.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 62 (17.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 21 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $128,906
Average Home Value $149,720


Total Households 332
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 231
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 0.39% 0.4%
Households 0.29% 0.3%
Families 0.18% 0.17%
Median Household Income   3.19%
Per Capita Income   2.99%

Carson, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carson 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 # 349 66th
Population Density # 208 79th
Diversity Index # 741 27th
Median Household Income # 263 74th
Per Capita Income # 255 75th

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