Ireton, Iowa

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Ireton, Iowa
City
Location of Ireton, Iowa
Location of Ireton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°58′27″N 96°19′4″W / 42.97417°N 96.31778°W / 42.97417; -96.31778Coordinates: 42°58′27″N 96°19′4″W / 42.97417°N 96.31778°W / 42.97417; -96.31778
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Sioux
Area[1]
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,424 ft (434 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 609
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 609
 • Density 603.0/sq mi (232.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51027
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-38820
GNIS feature ID 0457850
Website City of Ireton

Ireton is a city in Sioux County, Iowa, United States. The population was 609 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1882 as a 12 block lay out. The location was picked around the water stop of a railroad. It was a part of a larger series of settlements of Englishmen in Northwest Iowa that included Alton, Le Mars, and Hospers. It was incorporated in 1890. The town served the local farmers with general stores, horseshoe makers, and equipment sales as well as a place to sell grain that could be transported by the railroads. [1] Even though the rail road has been removed, several seed stores, a farm co-op, and many other agriculture related businesses remain.

The town was named after Henry Ireton, who served under Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. He was also Cromwell's son-in-law.

The original inhabitants of Ireton were mostly English and Irish. Later when the larger Dutch settlements of Sioux Center and Orange City were founded, the population has had an increasingly larger Dutch population.

Many of the first residents of Ireton were veterans or sons of veterans of the American Civil War. There is an old military road/path that traveled near the town that served to move troops and equipment down from Minneapolis to Sioux City to the Missouri River and the western most portions of the Civil War. There were several soldiers that died on that path and were placed in a cemetery near a hill by that road. The Ireton cemetery was placed around those graves and now includes a bronze statue of a union soldier looking South in remembrance of its veterans.

Geography[edit]

Ireton is located at 42°58′27″N 96°19′4″W / 42.97417°N 96.31778°W / 42.97417; -96.31778 (42.974206, -96.317640).[4]

Indian Creek, a tributary of the Big Sioux River flows through the northern part of the city.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 412 —    
1900 545 +32.3%
1910 631 +15.8%
1920 730 +15.7%
1930 612 −16.2%
1940 653 +6.7%
1950 573 −12.3%
1960 510 −11.0%
1970 582 +14.1%
1980 588 +1.0%
1990 597 +1.5%
2000 585 −2.0%
2010 609 +4.1%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 609 people, 246 households, and 174 families residing in the city. The population density was 603.0 inhabitants per square mile (232.8 /km2). There were 256 housing units at an average density of 253.5 per square mile (97.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.2% African American, 1.8% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 246 households of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 585 people, 235 households, and 172 families residing in the city. The population density was 581.4 people per square mile (223.6/km²). There were 249 housing units at an average density of 247.5 per square mile (95.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.15% White, 0.17% Asian, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 235 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $44,063. Males had a median income of $30,673 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,879. About 1.7% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Ireton, Hawarden, Chatsworth,and surrounding rural areas formed the West Sioux Community School District in the fall of 1959. Prior to that time, education in Ireton was provided by the Ireton Public School. The town is home to the Ireton Elementary Center which offers classes for grades Kindergarten through first.

The town is also home to Ireton Christian School. The Ireton Christian School offers classes for grades Kindergarten through eight. It is a member of Christian Schools International.

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