Stanton, Iowa

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Stanton, Iowa
City
Nickname(s): Swedes
Motto: Hand us the Meatballs
Location of Stanton, Iowa
Location of Stanton, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°58′52″N 95°6′8″W / 40.98111°N 95.10222°W / 40.98111; -95.10222Coordinates: 40°58′52″N 95°6′8″W / 40.98111°N 95.10222°W / 40.98111; -95.10222
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Montgomery
Area[1]
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Land 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,155 ft (352 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 689
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 680
 • Density 748.9/sq mi (289.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51573
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-75000
GNIS feature ID 0461955

Stanton is a city in Montgomery County, Iowa, United States. The population was 689 at the 2010 census.

Stanton was first settled by Swedish immigrants. Stanton is best known for its two water towers, the tanks of which are painted and shaped like a giant coffee pot and coffee cup (billed as "the largest Swedish coffee pot in the world"). These also allude to the fact that Stanton is the hometown of actress Virginia Christine, best known to television viewers as "Mrs. Olsen" in classic commercials for Folgers.

History[edit]

Stanton was laid out in 1870.[4]

Geography[edit]

Stanton is located at 40°58′52″N 95°6′8″W / 40.98111°N 95.10222°W / 40.98111; -95.10222.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.38 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 247 —    
1890 399 +61.5%
1900 404 +1.3%
1910 653 +61.6%
1920 749 +14.7%
1930 607 −19.0%
1940 571 −5.9%
1950 570 −0.2%
1960 514 −9.8%
1970 574 +11.7%
1980 747 +30.1%
1990 692 −7.4%
2000 714 +3.2%
2010 689 −3.5%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 689 people, 268 households, and 190 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.9 inhabitants per square mile (289.2/km2). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 325.0 per square mile (125.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.9% White and 0.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.1% of the population.

There were 268 households of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 48.7 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.0% male and 56.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 714 people, 271 households, and 188 families residing in the city. The population density was 803.9 people per square mile (309.7/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 320.9 per square mile (123.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.74% White, 0.56% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 271 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 28.0% 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 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

26.3% are under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,607, and the median income for a family was $46,136. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $20,852 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,628. About 3.7% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Titanic connections[edit]

The town of Stanton has a known connection to the historically prevalent Titanic disaster, as two of the over 1,500 victims of the disaster were from Stanton. Ernst Danbom, an American-born farmer of Swedish lineage, along with his Swedish-born wife Anna, had both previously lived in Stanton and in 1911 had taken a year-long trip to Sweden, where their son Gilbert was born. In April 1912, Ernst and Anna planned their return to America, where it has been said they planned to settle on a fruit farm in southern California. On April 10, Ernst and his family boarded the Titanic at Southampton, England. They were joined by Anna's sister Alfrida Andersson, her husband Anders, and their five children, who were immigrating to Canada. The entire party of ten was lost in the sinking, and afterwards, Ernst Danbom's body was among 330 bodies of victims from the sinking that were recovered from the North Atlantic in the weeks after the disaster. An article from the April 21st issue of the Chicago Herald describes how Ernst's brother Alfred, a resident of Stanton, was notified that his brother, sister-in-law and infant nephew had been lost. In the following weeks, Ernst's body was claimed at Halifax, Nova Scotia and returned to Stanton and interred at the Mamrelund Cemetery.[7]

The Little White City[edit]

Stanton was known as the Little White City when everyone's house was white.

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. ^ History of Montgomery County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, Etc.. Iowa Historical & Biographical Company. 1881. p. 528. 
  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. 
  7. ^ http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/ernst-gilbert-danbom.html

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