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Northwood, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Northwood had a population of 1,991 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Northwood is located at latitude 43.4441 and longitude -93.2166 in Worth County. The formal boundaries for the City of Northwood (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.76 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Worth County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,230 feet.

The City of Northwood (GNIS ID: 2395270) 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 Northwood is located within Township of Grove, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worth County.

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


Total Population 1,991
Daytime Population: Workers 1,147
Daytime Population: Residents 982
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,129
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.07
Population in Households 1,942
Population in Familes 1,504
Population in Group Qrtrs 49
Population Density2 529
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $40,377
Average Household Income $54,450
Per Capita Income $23,759


Total Housing Units 1,007 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 663 (65.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 218 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 126 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $105,367
Average Home Value $119,977


Total Households 881
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 539
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 0.01% -0.04%
Households -0.06% -0.09%
Families 0.23% -0.22%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.43%

Northwood, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Northwood 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 # 169 83rd
Population Density # 626 38th
Diversity Index # 274 73rd
Median Household Income # 955 5th
Per Capita Income # 845 16th

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