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Zearing, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Zearing had a population of 593 as of July 1, 2021. Zearing 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 Zearing is located at latitude 42.1611 and longitude -93.2971 in Story County. The formal boundaries for the City of Zearing encompass a land area of 0.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Story County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,060 feet.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Zearing: Ashhurst.

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


Total Population 593 (100%)
Population in Households 566 (95.4%)
Population in Families 474 (79.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 27 ( 4.6%)
Population Density 792
Diversity Index2 3


Median Household Income $61,017
Average Household Income $77,228
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $31,578
Wealth Index5 82


Total HU (Housing Units) 266 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 204 (76.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 32 (12.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $172,727
Average Home Value $235,172
Housing Affordability Index3 193


Total Households 236
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 165
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 0.61% 0.57%
Households 0.67% 0.67%
Families 1.09% 0.48%
Median Household Income   0.13%
Per Capita Income   2.43%
Owner Occupied HU   0.87%

Zearing, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Zearing 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 # 420 59th
Population Density # 419 59th
Median Household Income # 466 54th
Housing Affordability Index # 363 36th
Per Capita Income # 455 55th
Diversity Index # 974 3rd

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