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The City of Elk Horn had a population of 635 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Elk Horn is located at latitude 41.593 and longitude -95.0616 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the City of Elk Horn (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,345 feet.

The City of Elk Horn (GNIS ID: 2394649) 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 Elk Horn is located within Township of Clay, a minor civil division (MCD) of Shelby County.

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


Total Population 635
Daytime Population: Workers 579
Daytime Population: Residents 372
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 951
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.50
Population in Households 580
Population in Familes 462
Population in Group Qrtrs 55
Population Density2 825
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $54,336
Average Household Income $60,016
Per Capita Income $24,799


Total Housing Units 274 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 197 (71.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 49 (17.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 28 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $107,500
Average Home Value $162,310


Total Households 246
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 162
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 -0.57% -0.38%
Households -0.49% -0.41%
Families -0.08% -0.5%
Median Household Income   2.02%
Per Capita Income   2.46%

Elk Horn, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elk Horn 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 # 405 60th
Population Density # 415 59th
Diversity Index # 382 62nd
Median Household Income # 494 51st
Per Capita Income # 749 26th

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