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Fort Dodge, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Dodge had a population of 25,035 as of July 1, 2017. Fort Dodge 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 Fort Dodge is located at latitude 42.5099 and longitude -94.1757 in Webster County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Dodge (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.05 sq. miles and a water area of 0.26 sq. miles. Webster County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,112 feet.

The City of Fort Dodge (GNIS ID: 467843) 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 Fort Dodge is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Webster County.

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


Total Population 25,035
Daytime Population: Workers 15,535
Daytime Population: Residents 12,148
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 27,683
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 22,786
Population in Familes 16,859
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,249
Population Density2 1,560
Diversity Index3 32


Median Household Income $41,424
Average Household Income $56,873
Per Capita Income $24,802


Total Housing Units 11,225 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,661 (59.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,538 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,026 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $90,369
Average Home Value $119,703


Total Households 10,199
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 5,783
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 -0.09% -0.22%
Households -0.1% -0.19%
Families -0.16% -0.3%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.8%

Fort Dodge, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Dodge 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 # 20 98th
Population Density # 81 92nd
Diversity Index # 62 94th
Median Household Income # 930 8th
Per Capita Income # 746 26th

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