Prairie City, Iowa

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Prairie City, Iowa

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High Points

Prairie City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Prairie City People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Prairie City Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Prairie City Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Prairie City Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Prairie City, Iowa

Comparing Prairie City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 6
Age of the Population 7 6
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
Median Family Income 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Working at Home 5 4
Short Commute Times 4 1
Public Transportation Use 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 6 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Prairie City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 142 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Jasper
Standard Zip Codes 50228
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.599
Longitude -93.235

Prairie City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station NEWTON
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Station ANKENY
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Prairie City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,365 100%
Male 648 47.5%
Female 717 52.5%
Under 18 326 23.9%
18+ 1,039 76.1%
65+ 266 19.5%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 1,344 98.5%
African-American 4 0.3%
Asian 3 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.2%
Other 4 0.3%
Mixed Race 6 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 13 1%

Estimated Prairie City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,424
Growth 59
Growth % 4.3%

Prairie City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 23.9%
Dutch 17.5%
US/American 14.3%
Irish 11.9%
English 7.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Swedish 2.5%
Norwegian 2%
Welsh 1.6%
Northern European 1.3%
European 1.1%
Italian 0.9%
Czech 0.9%
Polish 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Prairie City 1,365 $54,205
Colfax 2,223 $48,300
Mitchellville 1,715 $52,113
Monroe 1,808 $50,819
Reasnor 194 $40,500
Runnells 352 $50,000
Swan 121 $38,125

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