Sherrill, Iowa

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Sherrill, Iowa
City
Sherrill seen from the mound
Sherrill seen from the mound
Location of Sherrill, Iowa
Location of Sherrill, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°36′10″N 90°46′56″W / 42.60278°N 90.78222°W / 42.60278; -90.78222Coordinates: 42°36′10″N 90°46′56″W / 42.60278°N 90.78222°W / 42.60278; -90.78222
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
Area[1]
 • Total 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
 • Land 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 177
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 178
 • Density 1,361.5/sq mi (525.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52073
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-72660
GNIS feature ID 0461574

Sherrill is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. The population was 177 at the 2010 census, down from 186 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Sherrill was named for two brothers, Adam and Isaac Sherrill, and was originally called Sherrill's Mound or Mount, since the city is sited at the base of a prominent hill. In 1856, Peter Fries, an Austrian immigrant, built a large, stone inn at the main crossroads of the city. It was popular with newlyweds, and Jesse James and his gang were reported to have stayed there prior to their famous raid on Northfield, Minnesota. The structure has survived and has been restored as the Black Horse Inn. Sherrill and the surrounding rural district received large numbers of German immigrants in the 19th century. German Catholic (SS. Peter and Paul), German Lutheran (St. Matthew), German Methodist, and German Evangelical churches were founded and remain active. Sherrill was one of ten "Beer Towns" incorporated in Dubuque County in 1933, to ensure that the city's taverns could serve beer, under a possibly mistaken interpretation of Iowa law that licenses to dispense beer could only be granted to premises inside incorporated places. Sherrill's post office was established in 1858, with Peter Fries as postmaster. Its Zip Code is 52073.

Geography[edit]

Sherrill is located at 42°36′10″N 90°46′56″W / 42.60278°N 90.78222°W / 42.60278; -90.78222 (42.602857, -90.782139).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1940 82 —    
1950 162 +97.6%
1960 174 +7.4%
1970 190 +9.2%
1980 208 +9.5%
1990 148 −28.8%
2000 186 +25.7%
2010 177 −4.8%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 177 people, 73 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,361.5 inhabitants per square mile (525.7/km2). There were 74 housing units at an average density of 569.2 per square mile (219.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 2.3% African American, and 2.8% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 73 households of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.0% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 42.5 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.5% male and 47.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 186 people, 70 households, and 52 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,753.9 people per square mile (652.9/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 726.1 per square mile (270.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

There were 70 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 20.0% 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 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $44,688. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,118. None of the families and 3.3% of the population were living below the poverty line.

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References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Lyon, Randolph W., et al. Faith and Fortunes — An Encyclopedia of Dubuque County, Dubuque, Iowa: Flynn Printing and Graphics, 1998.

External links[edit]

  • City Data Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Sherrill, Iowa

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