Clarion, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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The City of Clarion had a population of 2,781 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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


Total Population 2,781
Population in Households 2,705
Population in Familes 2,123
Population in Group Qrtrs 76
Population Density1 854
Diversity Index2 43


Median Household Income $46,744
Average Household Income $69,099
Per Capita Income $29,080


Total Housing Units 1,339 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 788 (58.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 363 (27.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 188 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $95,693
Average Home Value $108,449


Total Households 1,151
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 726
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 -0.3% -0.3%
Households -0.35% -0.31%
Families -0.43% -0.42%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   1.71%

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, 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 # 123 88th
Population Density # 390 61st
Diversity Index # 31 97th
Median Household Income # 826 18th
Per Capita Income # 477 53rd

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