Alden, Iowa

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Alden, Iowa
City
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Location of Alden, Iowa
Location of Alden, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°31′1″N 93°22′33″W / 42.51694°N 93.37583°W / 42.51694; -93.37583Coordinates: 42°31′1″N 93°22′33″W / 42.51694°N 93.37583°W / 42.51694; -93.37583
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Hardin
Area[1]
 • Total 1.73 sq mi (4.48 km2)
 • Land 1.71 sq mi (4.43 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 1,112 ft (339 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 787
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 777
 • Density 460.2/sq mi (177.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 50006, 50043
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-01045
GNIS feature ID 0454120

Alden is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 787 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Alden was laid out in 1855.[4] It was named for its founder, Henry Alden, a native of Massachusetts.[5]

Geography[edit]

Alden's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.516867, -93.375809.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.73 square miles (4.48 km2), of which, 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 495 —    
1890 512 +3.4%
1900 709 +38.5%
1910 699 −1.4%
1920 840 +20.2%
1930 793 −5.6%
1940 682 −14.0%
1950 829 +21.6%
1960 838 +1.1%
1970 876 +4.5%
1980 953 +8.8%
1990 855 −10.3%
2000 904 +5.7%
2010 787 −12.9%
2014 763 −3.0%
2015 764 +0.1%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 787 people, 338 households, and 214 families residing in the city. The population density was 460.2 inhabitants per square mile (177.7/km2). There were 368 housing units at an average density of 215.2 per square mile (83.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 338 households of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 904 people, 351 households, and 250 families residing in the city. The population density was 526.2 people per square mile (202.9/km²). There were 372 housing units at an average density of 216.5 per square mile (83.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.68% White, 0.22% Asian, 1.66% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.09% of the population.

There were 351 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,966, and the median income for a family was $39,524. Males had a median income of $29,489 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,011. About 6.7% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Library[edit]

The front of the Alden Public Library

Alden is believed to have the smallest endowed Carnegie Library built in the United States.[9] It was built at a cost of $9,000, and was a gift from Andrew Carnegie on November 3, 1913.[10]

The original Library was built in 1914 with the grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The building served Alden for 85 years. In 1998 a Capital Campaign was started to raise $550,000 for an addition that would double the size of the library.

Notable natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ Moir, William J. (1911). Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa. Unigraphic. p. 273. 
  5. ^ History of Hardin County, Iowa. Union Publishing Company. 1883. p. 517. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Ralph Christian. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Alden Public Library" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Carnegie Libraries of Iowa Project-Alden Public Library". University of Iowa. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 

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