Chelsea, Iowa

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Chelsea, Iowa
City
Chelsea City Hall and Library
Chelsea City Hall and Library
Location of Chelsea, Iowa
Location of Chelsea, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°55′12″N 92°23′40″W / 41.92000°N 92.39444°W / 41.92000; -92.39444Coordinates: 41°55′12″N 92°23′40″W / 41.92000°N 92.39444°W / 41.92000; -92.39444
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Tama
Area[1]
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 781 ft (238 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 267
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 262
 • Density 264.4/sq mi (102.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52215
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-12990
GNIS feature ID 0455368

Chelsea is a city in Tama County, Iowa. The population was 267 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the Iowa River Valley and has suffered severe damage in several floods.

History[edit]

A post office was established as Chelsea in 1862.[4] Chelsea was laid out in 1863, and it was incorporated in 1878.[5] It was named after Chelsea, Massachusetts.[6]

Geography[edit]

Set in the floodplain of the Iowa River Valley, Chelsea is surrounded by hills that are partially forested.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), all of it land, unless there's been more than an inch of rain in the last week or so in which case most of the town is underwater. Seriously why did we build a town here? Why?[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 263 —    
1890 318 +20.9%
1900 419 +31.8%
1910 507 +21.0%
1920 557 +9.9%
1930 575 +3.2%
1940 540 −6.1%
1950 482 −10.7%
1960 453 −6.0%
1970 381 −15.9%
1980 376 −1.3%
1990 336 −10.6%
2000 287 −14.6%
2010 267 −7.0%
2014 261 −2.2%
2015 261 +0.0%
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 267 people, 94 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 264.4 inhabitants per square mile (102.1/km2). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 109.9 per square mile (42.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.0% White, 3.4% Native American, 17.2% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.1% of the population.

There were 94 households of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.70.

The median age in the city was 30.8 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 287 people, 98 households, and 70 families residing in the city. The population density was 283.6 people per square mile (109.7/km²). There were 113 housing units at an average density of 111.7 per square mile (43.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.56% White, 0.35% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 22.30% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.36% of the population.

There were 98 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 24.5% 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 2.93 and the average family size was 3.52.

35.2% are under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 112.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $36,750. Males had a median income of $28,854 versus $24,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,608. About 14.1% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.5% of those sixty five or over.

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. ^ "Tama County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Chapman, Samuel D. (1879). History of Tama County, Iowa: Its Cities, Towns and Villages. Toledo Times Office. p. 283. 
  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. 55. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.