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The City of Maxwell had a population of 965 as of July 1, 2021. Maxwell 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 Maxwell is located at latitude 41.8919 and longitude -93.3997 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Maxwell encompass a land area of 1.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 879 feet.

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

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


Total Population 965 (100%)
Population in Households 965 (100.0%)
Population in Families 811 (84.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 883
Diversity Index2 7


Median Household Income $74,588
Average Household Income $92,409
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $35,844
Wealth Index5 105


Total HU (Housing Units) 392 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 323 (82.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 50 (12.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $224,138
Average Home Value $238,276
Housing Affordability Index3 188


Total Households 372
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 267
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 0.43% 0.53%
Households 0.57% 0.64%
Families 0.88% 0.52%
Median Household Income   1.61%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
Owner Occupied HU   0.79%

Maxwell, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Maxwell 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 # 296 71st
Population Density # 362 64th
Median Household Income # 199 80th
Housing Affordability Index # 350 35th
Per Capita Income # 238 76th
Diversity Index # 802 21st

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