Creston, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Creston, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Creston had a population of 7,603 as of July 1, 2018. Creston 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 Creston is located at latitude 41.0603 and longitude -94.3653 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the City of Creston (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Union County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,312 feet.

The City of Creston (GNIS ID: 467666) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Creston is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Union County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Creston 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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Creston, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 7,603
Population in Households 7,260
Population in Familes 5,345
Population in Group Qrtrs 343
Population Density2 1,466
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $40,089
Average Household Income $54,521
Per Capita Income $23,587


Total Housing Units 3,748 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,086 (55.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,135 (30.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 526 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $97,951
Average Home Value $113,698


Total Households 3,222
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 1,866
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.36% -0.72%
Households -0.57% -0.79%
Families -0.67% -0.93%
Median Household Income   0.7%
Per Capita Income   1.08%

Creston, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Creston 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 # 53 95th
Population Density # 107 89th
Diversity Index # 178 82nd
Median Household Income # 968 4th
Per Capita Income # 914 10th

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