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The City of Clarion had a population of 2,804 as of July 1, 2017. Clarion ranks in the upper 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 Clarion is located at latitude 42.7322 and longitude -93.7294 in Wright County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clarion (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wright County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,181 feet.

The City of Clarion (GNIS ID: 2393535) 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 Clarion is located within Township of Grant, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wright County.

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


Total Population 2,804
Daytime Population: Workers 2,241
Daytime Population: Residents 1,600
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,841
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 2,735
Population in Familes 2,164
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density2 861
Diversity Index3 40


Median Household Income $48,122
Average Household Income $63,719
Per Capita Income $26,828


Total Housing Units 1,344 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 787 (58.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 375 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 182 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $90,377
Average Home Value $108,079


Total Households 1,162
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 733
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 -0.22% -0.39%
Households -0.27% -0.43%
Families -0.35% -0.52%
Median Household Income   3.54%
Per Capita Income   2.99%

Clarion, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clarion 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 # 124 88th
Population Density # 389 62nd
Diversity Index # 35 97th
Median Household Income # 742 27th
Per Capita Income # 553 45th

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