Merrill, Iowa

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Merrill, Iowa
City
Nickname(s): The Heart of Plymouth County
Location of Merrill, Iowa
Location of Merrill, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°43′17″N 96°15′3″W / 42.72139°N 96.25083°W / 42.72139; -96.25083Coordinates: 42°43′17″N 96°15′3″W / 42.72139°N 96.25083°W / 42.72139; -96.25083
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Plymouth
Incorporated April 24, 1994 [1]
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Rich Husman
Area[2]
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Land 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,175 ft (358 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 755
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 745
 • Density 1,324.6/sq mi (511.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51038
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-51375
GNIS feature ID 0459005
Website City of Merrill

Merrill is a city in Plymouth County, Iowa, United States, along the Floyd River. The population was 755 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Merrill is named for the seventh Governor of Iowa Samuel Merrill. The community was officially recognized on February 27, 1872.[citation needed] and became an incorporated city on April 24, 1994.[1] Merrill is among the oldest towns in northwest Iowa.[citation needed]

In 2007, the city hired Drake University public relations seniors to research and develop strategies to attract new residents. Unfortunately research and results are quite often strangers. It was an interesting strategy exercise though.

Geography[edit]

Merrill is located at 42°43′17″N 96°15′3″W / 42.72139°N 96.25083°W / 42.72139; -96.25083 (42.721461, -96.250779).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all of it land.[2] It is located near the Floyd River, and is on US Highway 75, 20 minutes north of Sioux City.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1900 389 —    
1910 520 +33.7%
1920 633 +21.7%
1930 605 −4.4%
1940 547 −9.6%
1950 605 +10.6%
1960 645 +6.6%
1970 790 +22.5%
1980 737 −6.7%
1990 729 −1.1%
2000 754 +3.4%
2010 755 +0.1%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 755 people, 304 households, and 212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,324.6 inhabitants per square mile (511.4 /km2). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 556.1 per square mile (214.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 304 households of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% 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 3.02.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 754 people, 280 households, and 203 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,739.5 people per square mile (677.0/km²). There were 294 housing units at an average density of 678.3 per square mile (264.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.41% White, 0.40% African American, 0.27% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 280 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,333, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $31,620 versus $21,845 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,656. About 2.1% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LIST OF INCORPORATED CITIES". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

  • Merrill Iowa Portal style community website
  • City-Data Comprehensive statistical data and more about Merrill