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Ellston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Ellston had a population of 42 as of July 1, 2017. Ellston ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Ellston is located at latitude 40.8405 and longitude -94.1088 in Ringgold County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ellston (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ringgold County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,230 feet.

The City of Ellston (GNIS ID: 2394666) 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 Ellston is located within Township of Union, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ringgold County.

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


Total Population 42
Daytime Population: Workers 22
Daytime Population: Residents 30
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 52
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.24
Population in Households 42
Population in Familes 36
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 189
Diversity Index3 0


Median Household Income $56,884
Average Household Income $73,512
Per Capita Income $30,103


Total Housing Units 23 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15 (65.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3 (13.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 5 (21.7%)
Median Home Value $100,000
Average Home Value $171,429


Total Households 18
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 13
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 -0.32% 0.0%
Households 0.0% 0.0%
Families 2.33% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.22%
Per Capita Income   2.82%

Ellston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ellston 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 # 970 4th
Population Density # 883 13th
Diversity Index # 1002 1st
Median Household Income # 361 64th
Per Capita Income # 291 71st

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