Colo, Iowa

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Colo, Iowa
City
Colo Iowa 20090816 Welcome Sign.JPG
Motto: "A place to call home"[1]
Location of Colo, Iowa
Location of Colo, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°1′1″N 93°19′3″W / 42.01694°N 93.31750°W / 42.01694; -93.31750Coordinates: 42°1′1″N 93°19′3″W / 42.01694°N 93.31750°W / 42.01694; -93.31750
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Story
Area[2]
 • Total 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,040 ft (317 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 876
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 870
 • Density 826.4/sq mi (319.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50056
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-15240
GNIS feature ID 0455538
Website City of Colo, Iowa Website

Colo is a city in Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 876 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the larger Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Colo was incorporated on April 26, 1876.[5] Railroad official John Blair named the community after his dog.[6]

Geography[edit]

Colo's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.016945, -93.317377.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 226 —    
1880 296 +31.0%
1890 261 −11.8%
1900 391 +49.8%
1910 463 +18.4%
1920 507 +9.5%
1930 532 +4.9%
1940 539 +1.3%
1950 538 −0.2%
1960 574 +6.7%
1970 606 +5.6%
1980 808 +33.3%
1990 771 −4.6%
2000 868 +12.6%
2010 876 +0.9%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 876 people, 348 households, and 252 families residing in the city. The population density was 826.4 inhabitants per square mile (319.1 /km2). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 349.1 per square mile (134.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 348 households of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 868 people, 339 households, and 248 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,121.9 people per square mile (435.2/km2). There were 354 housing units at an average density of 457.6 per square mile (177.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.70% White, 0.92% African American, 0.46% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 339 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02.

27.6% are under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,711, and the median income for a family was $48,438. Males had a median income of $33,500 versus $24,091 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,173. About 2.8% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Located near Colo is Hickory Grove Park, Story County's largest recreational, fishing, and swimming area with 445 acres, including a 98-acre (400,000 m2) lake.[9]

East of Colo, along the Lincoln Highway, lies Colo Marsh, which drains into the Iowa River just east of Marshalltown. In Southern Colo, there is Colo-NESCO Elementary and Colo-NESCO Junior Senior High School.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Colo is located at the intersection of the historic Lincoln Highway and the Jefferson Highway. The intersection is marked by the historic complex of Reed/Niland Corner, which includes a museum/diner, vintage gas station, and small park.

For modern-day travelers, Colo lies at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 (halfway between Ames and Marshalltown) and U.S. Highway 65 (halfway between Des Moines and Iowa Falls).

Colo lies also along the cross country line of the Union Pacific railroad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Colo, Iowa". City of Colo, Iowa. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Colo, Iowa". City-Data.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Dallastown, Pennsylvania, PA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Story County Conservation". Story County, Iowa. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 

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