Sheldon, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Sheldon, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Sheldon had a population of 5,399 as of July 1, 2018. Sheldon ranks in the upper 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 Sheldon is located at latitude 43.1796 and longitude -95.844 in O'Brien County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sheldon (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.64 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. O'Brien County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,424 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Sheldon are located in O'Brien County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Sioux County.

The City of Sheldon (GNIS ID: 2395868) 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 Sheldon is located within Township of Floyd, a minor civil division (MCD) of O'Brien County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sheldon population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Sheldon, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 5,399
Population in Households 5,266
Population in Familes 4,029
Population in Group Qrtrs 133
Population Density1 1,162
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $46,148
Average Household Income $71,045
Per Capita Income $30,586


Total Housing Units 2,401 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,440 (60.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 865 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 96 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $126,667
Average Home Value $148,177


Total Households 2,305
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 1,369
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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 0.48% 0.36%
Households 0.49% 0.37%
Families 0.63% 0.28%
Median Household Income   0.32%
Per Capita Income   0.61%

Sheldon, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sheldon to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 73 93rd
Population Density # 214 79th
Diversity Index # 79 92nd
Median Household Income # 839 17th
Per Capita Income # 362 64th

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