Prairie City

Surrounded by Iowa’s tallgrass prairie and located near the Neal Smith National Wildlife   Refuge, Prairie City is a peaceful community filled with people who are warm, welcoming, and proud to call this place home. Within Prairie City’s 1.2 square miles, the city’s Public Works and Parks and Recreation Department operate and maintain four public parks plus numerous ball diamonds and courts, including two regulation tennis courts that are lighted for nighttime use. Conveniently located on Iowa Highway 163 and positioned closely to Interstate 80, Prairie City is just 20 miles from the bustle of larger communities including Des Moines Newton, Knoxville, and Pella.

Economic Development

Prairie City offers a variety of financial tools to support local businesses such as a Downtown Revitalization Incentive Program, Voluntary Demolition Program, Tax Abatement and Exemption, and Tax Increment Financing. Click here to learn more about these programs.

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Population
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Population

Population2000201020202025
Prairie City1,3861,6801,8841,951

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4164166172
5-9164166168
10-14127131132
15-19898890
20-24636461
25-29139156146
30-34121140151
35-39126144151
40-44102103112
45-49118112110
50-54101109106
55-59809889
60-6477103106
65-696297105
70-74396475
75-79426384
80-84354051
85+314044
18+1,1581,3551,413
Median Age343637

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Prairie City2020
Total1,884.000
White Alone93.790
Black Alone1.110
American Indian Alone0.270
Asian Alone1.540
Pacific Islander Alone0.110
Some Other Race1.220
Two or More Races1.960
Hispanic Origin2.920
Diversity Index17.000

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

Prairie City2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population1%1%
Households1%1%
Families1%1%
Median Household Income%2%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households554631701725
Housing Units570678752776
Owner Occupied Units544564
Renter Occupied Units157161
Vacant Units5151

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Prairie City20202025
Median Home Value$139,286$145,972
Average Home Value$163,281$176,463
<$50,00077
$50,000 - $99,9998981
$100,000 - $149,999224211
$150,000 - $199,999121127
$200,000 - $249,9994454
$250,000 - $299,9993042
$300,000 - $399,9991826
$400,000 - $499,99935
$500,000 - $749,99900
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later17
2000-200998
1990-199979
1980-198952
1970-1979147
1960-196997
1950-1959121
1940-194930
1939 or Before222

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Prairie City20202025
Median Household$69,698$75,129
Average Household$80,408$88,507
Per Capita$30,018$32,948

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Prairie City2020
<$15,00066
$15,000 - $24,99969
$25,000 - $34,99945
$35,000 - $49,99980
$50,000 - $74,999109
$75,000 - $99,999133
$100,000 - $149,999152
$150,000 - $199,99917
$200,000+32

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+1,086
In-County Residents315
Out-of-County Residents771
Drive Alone887
Carpooled90
Public Transport0
Work at Home54
Less than 5 minutes60
5-9 minutes115
10-14 minutes81
15-19 minutes34
20-24 minutes112
25-29 minutes69
30-34 minutes178
35-39 minutes118
40-44 minutes136
45-59 minutes113
60-89 minutes8
90+ minutes8
Average Travel Time27

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees226
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt3
Mining0
Utilities0
Construction34
Manufacturing6
Wholesale Trade0
  
Retail Trade20
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers2
Furn & Home Furnish Str0
Electronics & Appl Store1
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip0
Food & Beverage Stores17
Health/Pers Care Stores0
Gasoline Stations0
Clothing/Accessory Store0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music0
General Merchandise Str0
Misc Store Retailers0
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse19
Information3
  
Finance & Insurance7
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn5
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other2
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing4
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv11
Legal Services0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt0
Educational Services59
HealthCare/Social Assist6
Arts/Entertainment/Rec0
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs25
Accommodation0
Food Srv/Drinking Places25
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin26
Auto Repair/Maintenance4
Public Administration Emp3

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Prairie City2020
Some High School30
Graduated High School406
Associates Degree182
Bachelor's Degree288
Graduate Degree45

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses38
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus0
Construction Bus3
Manufacturing Bus2
Wholesale Trade Bus0
  
Retail Trade Bus5
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus1
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus1
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus0
Food & Beverage Stores Bus2
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus0
Gasoline Stations Bus0
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus0
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus0
Nonstore Retailers Bus1
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus3
Information Bus2
  
Finance & Insurance Bus2
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus1
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus1
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus1
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus2
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus2
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus1
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus0
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus1
Accommodation Bus0
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus1
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus10
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus2
Public Administration Bus2

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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