Downtown Avoca, Iowa
Location of Avoca, Iowa
|• Mayor||Caden Larson|
|• Total||2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)|
|• Land||2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,194 ft (364 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||707/sq mi (273.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0454290|
|Website||City of Avoca|
Avoca was founded in 1869 in connection with the construction of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad through the area. It is named after Avoca in Ireland. It quickly developed as a regional service center for the surrounding farms.
|Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,506 people, 662 households, and 436 families residing in the city. The population density was 707.0 inhabitants per square mile (273.0/km2). There were 711 housing units at an average density of 333.8 per square mile (128.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.
There were 662 households of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.78.
The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,610 people, 666 households, and 458 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.6 people per square mile (320.4/km²). There were 706 housing units at an average density of 364.2 per square mile (140.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.19% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.
There were 666 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.85.
23.2% are under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,826, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $30,272 versus $20,284 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,908. About 1.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.
The community is served by the AHSTW Community School District. It was formerly in the Hancock-Avoca Community School District until July 1, 1996, when the district merged into the A-H-S-T Community School District. In turn, the conglomerate merged into AHSTW on July 1, 2016.
- Richard Beymer (born 1938), the actor best known as Tony, the lead role in West Side Story
- Johnny Carson, the television comedian, lived in Avoca as a child until his family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1936.
- Edwin T. Meredith (1876–1928), Secretary of Agriculture under president Woodrow Wilson
- Richard C. Turner (1927-1986), Iowa lawyer and politician, was born in Avoca.
- Caden D. Larson (2000-present), Child actor, was born in Avoca. Best known for a role as Tony in The Little Vampire.
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- History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Containing a History from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. O. L. Baskin & Company. 1883. p. 244.
- Pottawatamie Count Historical Society article on Avoca Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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- "AHSTW." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
- "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
- "FilmReference". Richard Beymer biography. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "People In The News". Associated Press. July 2, 1986. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- "Miller Center of Public Affairs University of Virginia". American President Woodrow Wilson/Edwin T. Meredith Secretary of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- 'U.S. Attorney Turner dies of heart attack,' Des Moines Register, Bob Shaw, September 29, 1986, pg. 1. 11A
- City of Avoca, Iowa
- The Pottawattamie County Genealogical Society
- Roadside America- Avoca Spider Bug
- Farmall- Land Tractor Museum
- City Data Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Avoca