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Colo, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Colo had a population of 930 as of July 1, 2017. Colo ranks in 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 Colo is located at latitude 42.0145 and longitude -93.3186 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Colo (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,040 feet.

The City of Colo (GNIS ID: 2393600) 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 Colo is located within Township of New Albany, a minor civil division (MCD) of Story County.

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


Total Population 930
Daytime Population: Workers 172
Daytime Population: Residents 535
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 707
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.76
Population in Households 930
Population in Familes 781
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 876
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $50,151
Average Household Income $57,072
Per Capita Income $22,770


Total Housing Units 394 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 284 (72.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 88 (22.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $122,750
Average Home Value $123,763


Total Households 371
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 266
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 0.83% 0.89%
Households 0.89% 0.95%
Families 0.75% 0.81%
Median Household Income   0.52%
Per Capita Income   1.84%

Colo, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colo 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 # 309 69th
Population Density # 374 63rd
Diversity Index # 871 14th
Median Household Income # 680 33rd
Per Capita Income # 913 10th

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