Alton, Iowa

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Alton, Iowa
St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Location of Alton, Iowa
Location of Alton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°59′13″N 96°0′41″W / 42.98694°N 96.01139°W / 42.98694; -96.01139Coordinates: 42°59′13″N 96°0′41″W / 42.98694°N 96.01139°W / 42.98694; -96.01139
Country United States
State Iowa
CountySioux
IncorporatedMarch 8, 1883[1]
Area
 • Total1.85 sq mi (4.79 km2)
 • Land1.85 sq mi (4.79 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,325 ft (404 m)
Population
 • Total1,216
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
1,271
 • Density657/sq mi (253.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51003
Area code(s)712 Exchange: 756
FIPS code19-01585
GNIS feature ID0454157
WebsiteCity of Alton

Alton is a city in Sioux County, Iowa, United States, along the Floyd River. The population was 1,216 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Alton was originally called East Orange, and under the latter name was laid out in 1875 when the railroad was extended to that point.[5] East Orange was renamed Alton in 1882.[6] Alton was incorporated as a city in 1883.[5]

Geography[edit]

Alton is located at 42°59′13″N 96°00′41″W / 42.986906°N 96.011314°W / 42.986906; -96.011314 (42.986906, -96.011314).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.85 square miles (4.79 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1890708—    
19001,009+42.5%
19101,046+3.7%
19201,007−3.7%
19301,014+0.7%
19401,025+1.1%
19501,038+1.3%
19601,048+1.0%
19701,018−2.9%
1980986−3.1%
19901,063+7.8%
20001,095+3.0%
20101,216+11.1%
20161,271+4.5%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,216 people, 478 households, and 338 families residing in the city. The population density was 657.3 inhabitants per square mile (253.8/km2). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 266.5 per square mile (102.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 478 households of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,095 people, 439 households, and 297 families residing in the city. The population density was 735.3 people per square mile (283.7/km2). There were 466 housing units at an average density of 312.9 per square mile (120.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.54% White, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 439 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,911, and the median income for a family was $47,143. Males had a median income of $30,500 versus $19,570 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,663. About 4.0% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alton, Iowa". City-Data. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Savage, Tom (1 August 2007). A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names. University of Iowa Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-58729-759-5.
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 36.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Penner, James, 'Goliath: The Life of Robert Schuller,' (1992), pg. 119

External links[edit]

  • Alton, Iowa Portal style website, Government, Business, Recreation, and more
  • City-Data Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Alton