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The City of Collins had a population of 537 as of July 1, 2021. Collins ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for 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 Collins is located at latitude 41.9028 and longitude -93.3063 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Collins encompass a land area of 0.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 997 feet.

The City of Collins 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 Collins is located within Township of Collins, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

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Collins, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 537 (100%)
Population in Households 537 (100.0%)
Population in Families 455 (84.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,101
Diversity Index2 6


Median Household Income $78,540
Average Household Income $103,643
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $42,198
Wealth Index5 128


Total HU (Housing Units) 244 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 189 (77.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 28 (11.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 28 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $221,250
Average Home Value $376,587
Housing Affordability Index3 210


Total Households 216
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 154
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.73% 0.77%
Households 0.87% 0.91%
Families 1.31% 0.89%
Median Household Income   2.86%
Per Capita Income   3.19%
Owner Occupied HU   1.04%

Collins, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Collins to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 443 56th
Population Density # 236 77th
Median Household Income # 127 88th
Housing Affordability Index # 440 44th
Per Capita Income # 72 93rd
Diversity Index # 880 12th

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