Fertile, Iowa

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Fertile, Iowa
City
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Location of Fertile, Iowa
Location of Fertile, Iowa
Coordinates: 43°15′53″N 93°25′16″W / 43.26472°N 93.42111°W / 43.26472; -93.42111Coordinates: 43°15′53″N 93°25′16″W / 43.26472°N 93.42111°W / 43.26472; -93.42111
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Worth
Government
 • Type Mayor
Area[1]
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Land 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,171 ft (357 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 370
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 375
 • Density 394/sq mi (152.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50434
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-27390
GNIS feature ID 0456580

Fertile is a city in Worth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 370 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The community was first called Rhodes Mill after William Rhodes, who settled there in 1856 and built a house. A land speculator created a fictional town nearby and named it Fontanelle, though the locals called it Putsey. Fertile was established in 1877, and named for the quality of the soil in the valley it was located in. Fertile was incorporated in 1908.[4][5]

Rhodes Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

Fertile is located at 43°15′53″N 93°25′16″W / 43.26472°N 93.42111°W / 43.26472; -93.42111 (43.264704, -93.421176).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 207 —    
1920 223 +7.7%
1930 238 +6.7%
1940 276 +16.0%
1950 397 +43.8%
1960 386 −2.8%
1970 394 +2.1%
1980 372 −5.6%
1990 382 +2.7%
2000 360 −5.8%
2010 370 +2.8%
2016 375 +1.4%
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 370 people, 148 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 393.6 inhabitants per square mile (152.0/km2). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 171.3 per square mile (66.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 148 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 360 people, 149 households, and 102 families residing in the city. The population density was 382.9 people per square mile (147.9/km²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 171.3 per square mile (66.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.83% White, 0.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, 3.06% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.50% of the population.

There were 149 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,558, and the median income for a family was $36,500. Males had a median income of $26,583 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,464. About 4.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

Leo Elthon, the 32nd Governor of Iowa, was born in Fertile.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Savage, Tom (2007). A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names. University of Iowa Press. 
  5. ^ Clyde, Jefferson F. (1918). History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 348. 
  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. 

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