West Branch, Iowa

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West Branch, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% West Branch Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% West Branch College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% West Branch Racial Diversity
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% West Branch People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of West Branch, Iowa

Comparing West Branch 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 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 6 9
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Age of the Population 4 3
Senior Citizens 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 8
Portion of People Married 6 5


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Short Commute Times 8 5
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Working at Home 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Affordability of Rents 5 3
People Living Alone 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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West Branch Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 191 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cedar
Standard Zip Codes 52358
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.671
Longitude -91.346

West Branch Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station TIPTON 4 NE
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
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West Branch Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,188 100%
Male 1,039 47.5%
Female 1,149 52.5%
Under 18 588 26.9%
18+ 1,600 73.1%
65+ 303 13.8%
Median Age 36.5
Average Family Size 3.03
White 2,116 96.7%
African-American 8 0.4%
Asian 20 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.4%
Other 13 0.6%
Mixed Race 21 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 38 1.7%

Estimated West Branch Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,269
Growth 81
Growth % 3.7%

West Branch 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 32.5%
Irish 14.6%
US/American 10.4%
English 9.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
Danish 4.3%
Norwegian 4.1%
Czech 3.4%
Swedish 2.7%
Italian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Dutch 1.2%
Belgian 1.1%
European 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Polish 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
British 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Branch, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cedar Valley (52358)
Downey (52358)
Herbert Hoover National Hist (52358)
Oasis (52358)
Springdale (52358)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Branch 2,188 $51,667
Atalissa 283 $43,929
Coralville 15,123 $57,869
Iowa City 62,220 $57,568
Solon 1,177 $58,289
University Heights 987 $79,044
West Liberty 3,332 $41,667

West Branch Public Libraries

West Branch Public Library
"300 N. DOWNEY, P.O.BOX 460"
West Branch, Iowa
(319) 643-2633

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West Branch High Schools (2004)

900 W MAIN
Serves 249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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