Scranton, Iowa

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Scranton, Iowa
City
Scranton Iowa 20080118 Sign.JPG
Location of Scranton, Iowa
Location of Scranton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°1′20″N 94°32′46″W / 42.02222°N 94.54611°W / 42.02222; -94.54611Coordinates: 42°1′20″N 94°32′46″W / 42.02222°N 94.54611°W / 42.02222; -94.54611
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Greene
Area[1]
 • Total 1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Land 1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,178 ft (359 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 557
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 543
 • Density 296.3/sq mi (114.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51462
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-71310
GNIS feature ID 0461492
Website www.scrantoniowa.com

Scranton is a city in Greene County, Iowa, United States. The population was 557 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Scranton was platted in 1869, shortly after the Cedar Rapids & Missouri River Railroad was built through that territory. It was named for one Mr. Scranton from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton was incorporated in 1880.[4]

Scranton's water tower, built in 1897, is the oldest working water tower in Iowa and 9th oldest in the United States. A fire occurred at the tower in 1907, initially started to melt ice that had caused the town to be without water. Three men were injured attempting to put the fire out, although the tower itself did not suffer any major damage.[5]

Geography[edit]

Scranton is located along U.S. Route 30 at 42°1′20″N 94°32′46″W / 42.02222°N 94.54611°W / 42.02222; -94.54611 (42.022197, -94.546047),[6] in the valley of the North Raccoon River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 715 —    
1900 983 +37.5%
1910 845 −14.0%
1920 843 −0.2%
1930 1,058 +25.5%
1940 1,014 −4.2%
1950 891 −12.1%
1960 865 −2.9%
1970 751 −13.2%
1980 748 −0.4%
1990 583 −22.1%
2000 604 +3.6%
2010 557 −7.8%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 557 people, 238 households, and 143 families residing in the city. The population density was 296.3 inhabitants per square mile (114.4/km2). There were 267 housing units at an average density of 142.0 per square mile (54.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 238 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 20.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 604 people, 258 households, and 157 families residing in the city. The population density was 321.6 people per square mile (124.0/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 151.8 per square mile (58.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.52% White, 0.17% Asian, 2.65% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13% of the population.

There were 258 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.05.

City banner located along Main Street

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $27,411 versus $17,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,836. About 10.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Community[edit]

Annual events in Scranton include the Mid-Summer Festival, held in July, and a Christmas celebration.[citation needed]

Every 5 years the town holds an all school reunion. Next reunion will be in 2015.

Three churches exist in Scranton; St. Paul's Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Church of Christ.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

City water tower

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. ^ Stillman, Edwin B. (1907). Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa. Brookhaven Press. pp. 165–166. 
  5. ^ a b "Communities of Greene County - Scranton". Greene County Development Corp. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.