Sheldon, Iowa Population 2024

5,445

Sheldon is a city located in O'Brien County and Sioux County Iowa. Sheldon has a 2024 population of 5,445. Sheldon is currently declining at a rate of -0.18% annually and its population has decreased by -1.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,501 in 2020.

The average household income in Sheldon is $74,468 with a poverty rate of 14.66%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sheldon is 37.5 years, 37.1 years for males, and 38.5 years for females.

Sheldon Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sheldon was:

  • White: 84.79%
  • Two or more races: 8.05%
  • Other race: 3.32%
  • Black or African American: 2.42%
  • Asian: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.35%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
State
Iowa
Land Area (mi²)
4.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,168.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.02% (-56)
The current population of Sheldon, Iowa is 5,445 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,501.

Sheldon, Iowa Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,59384.79%
Two or more races4368.05%
Other race1803.32%
Black or African American1312.42%
Asian581.07%
Native American190.35%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sheldon Population by Race

Sheldon Population Pyramid 2024

Sheldon Median Age

37.5

Total

37.1

Male

38.5

Female

Sheldon Adults

There are 4,189 adults, (910 of whom are seniors) in Sheldon.

Sheldon Age Dependency

65.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Sheldon Sex Ratio

Female2,67849.44%
Male2,73950.56%

Sheldon Population by Age

Sheldon Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,0512.56832
Married1,1023.1290.79.3
Non Family7781.5534.165.9
Female1143.26436
Male572.191000
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3.03

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

68.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sheldon Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sheldon Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sheldon Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 37.08%.

Sheldon Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,040

Average Earnings

$47,360

Average Male

$31,480

Average Female

Sheldon Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sheldon Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sheldon Language

88.66% of Sheldon residents speak only English, while 11.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.5% of the population.

Sheldon Language

Sheldon Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,37748311.03%
Hispanic67218126.93%
Other18013876.67%
Black13010580.77%
Multiple4114310.46%
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14.66%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.13%

Male Poverty Rate

17.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sheldon

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sheldon is Black, with 80.77% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sheldon is Multiple, with 10.46% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.44%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.84%.

Sheldon Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School22.72%
Less Than 9th Grade21.67%
Some College5.2%
Bachelors or Greater4.95%
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Sheldon Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed13.71%
Male Employed5.8%
Male Unemployed
Female Unemployed
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Sheldon Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sheldon Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sheldon Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.9%

Male Marriage Rate

53.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Sheldon Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sheldon Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sheldon Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sheldon Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

278

Number of Veterans

269

Male Veterans

9

Female Veterans

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Sheldon Veterans by War

count

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Sheldon Veterans by Age

count

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Sheldon Veterans by Race

Sheldon Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

Veteran Poverty Rate

12.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sheldon Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67%

Labor Force Participation

65.9%

Employment Rate

1.5%

Unemployment Rate

Sheldon Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sheldon Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sheldon Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

73.79%

Born in Sheldon

93.28%

Native Born

6.72%

Foreign Born

4.08%

Non Citizen

2.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.28% of Sheldon residents were born in the United States, with 73.79% having been born in Iowa. 4.08% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sheldon Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20295,395-10-0.19%
20285,405-10-0.18%
20275,415-10-0.18%
20265,425-10-0.18%
20255,435-10-0.18%
20245,445-10-0.18%
20235,455-10-0.18%
20225,465-10-0.18%
20215,475-26-0.47%
20205,5013907.63%
20195,11180.16%
20185,103310.61%
20175,07270.14%
20165,065-4-0.08%
20155,069-29-0.57%
20145,098100.2%
20135,088-31-0.61%
20125,119-16-0.31%
20115,135-66-1.27%
20105,2012875.84%
20004,914-23-0.47%
19904,937-66-1.32%
19805,00346810.32%
19704,5352846.68%
19604,2512506.25%
19504,0012336.18%
19403,76844813.49%
19303,320-168-4.82%
19203,48854718.6%
19102,941
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Sheldon Population by Year