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Fort Dodge, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Dodge had a population of 25,003 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Fort Dodge, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 25,003
Population in Households 22,822
Population in Familes 16,696
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,181
Population Density2 1,558
Diversity Index3 33


Median Household Income $42,626
Average Household Income $58,278
Per Capita Income $25,437


Total Housing Units 11,241 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,760 (60.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,442 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,038 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $92,749
Average Home Value $120,510


Total Households 10,203
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 5,773
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 -0.1% -0.16%
Households -0.09% -0.16%
Families -0.16% -0.27%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

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, 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 # 20 98th
Population Density # 82 92nd
Diversity Index # 61 94th
Median Household Income # 937 7th
Per Capita Income # 795 21st

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