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Buffalo, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Buffalo had a population of 1,386 as of July 1, 2017. Buffalo ranks in the lower 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 Buffalo is located at latitude 41.4613 and longitude -90.7689 in Scott County. The formal boundaries for the City of Buffalo (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Scott County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 561 feet.

The City of Buffalo (GNIS ID: 2393454) 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 Buffalo is located within Township of Buffalo, a minor civil division (MCD) of Scott County.

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


Total Population 1,386
Daytime Population: Workers 537
Daytime Population: Residents 689
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,226
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 1,386
Population in Familes 1,218
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 205
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $77,539
Average Household Income $84,775
Per Capita Income $31,828


Total Housing Units 567 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 475 (83.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 63 (11.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 29 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $206,250
Average Home Value $208,755


Total Households 538
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 421
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 1.15% 1.07%
Households 1.02% 0.95%
Families 3.12% 0.93%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

Buffalo, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buffalo 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 # 228 78th
Population Density # 870 14th
Diversity Index # 363 64th
Median Household Income # 47 95th
Per Capita Income # 198 80th

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