Leon, Iowa

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Leon, Iowa
City
Location of Leon, Iowa
Location of Leon, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°44′24″N 93°44′47″W / 40.74000°N 93.74639°W / 40.74000; -93.74639Coordinates: 40°44′24″N 93°44′47″W / 40.74000°N 93.74639°W / 40.74000; -93.74639
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Decatur
Government
 • Administrator/Clerk Angela Blades
 • Mayor Robert Kilgore
 • Council Members Sue Kelly
Troy Armstrong
Sharon South
Allen Simmonds
Elmer Easton
 • Fire Chief Doug Moffet
Area[1]
 • Total 3.18 sq mi (8.24 km2)
 • Land 3.17 sq mi (8.21 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,125 ft (343 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,977
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,914
 • Density 623.7/sq mi (240.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50144
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-44535
GNIS feature ID 0458291
Website http://leon.mywebcommunity.org

Leon is a city in Decatur County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,977 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Decatur County.[4]

The city is located near the Little River Lake Recreation Area. Leon is home to a major rodeo that has been Rodeo of the Year in Iowa for many years.

History[edit]

Leon was incorporated as a city in 1858.[5] It was a shipping point on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.[6]

Geography[edit]

Leon is located at 40°44′24″N 93°44′47″W / 40.74000°N 93.74639°W / 40.74000; -93.74639 (40.739924, -93.746342).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.18 square miles (8.24 km2), of which, 3.17 square miles (8.21 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Leon historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1870 820 —    
1880 1,367 +66.7%
1890 1,422 +4.0%
1900 1,905 +34.0%
1910 1,991 +4.5%
1920 2,193 +10.1%
1930 2,006 −8.5%
1940 2,307 +15.0%
1950 2,139 −7.3%
1960 2,004 −6.3%
1970 2,142 +6.9%
1980 2,094 −2.2%
1990 2,047 −2.2%
2000 1,982 −3.2%
2010 1,977 −0.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,977 people, 826 households, and 482 families residing in the city. The population density was 623.7 inhabitants per square mile (240.8 /km2). There were 952 housing units at an average density of 300.3 per square mile (115.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 826 households of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.6% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 40.2 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,983 people, 858 households, and 513 families residing in the city. The population density was 630.9 people per square mile (243.8/km²). There were 966 housing units at an average density of 307.3 per square mile (118.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.64% White, 0.10% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 858 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.90.

Age spread: 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,390, and the median income for a family was $33,083. Males had a median income of $24,100 versus $18,849 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,015. About 12.7% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

City of Leon Staff[edit]

City Clerk/Treasurer
Angela Blades

Deputy Clerk
Lorrie Scrivner
Administrative Assistant
Vacant

Water/Wastewater Superintendent
Junior Jennings

Department Employees:
Steve Wilson
Greggory Clark
Kyle Sheetz

Street/Refuse Superintendent
Doyle South

Department Employees:
Steven Bettin
Rodger Elsberry
Dustin Thompson
John Rippey
Doug Mills

Chief of Police
Ron Ziess

Assistant Chief: Andrew Walker
Officer: Andrew Woods

Library Director
Darlene Richardson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Smith, Heman Conoman (1915). History of Decatur County, Iowa, and Its People, Volume 1. S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 111. 
  6. ^ Tuttle, Charles Richard (1876). An Illustrated History of the State of Iowa. Richard S. Peale. p. 482. 
  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. 

External links[edit]

  • City-Data Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Leon