Gravity, Iowa

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Gravity, Iowa
Location of Gravity, Iowa
Location of Gravity, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°45′33″N 94°44′39″W / 40.75917°N 94.74417°W / 40.75917; -94.74417Coordinates: 40°45′33″N 94°44′39″W / 40.75917°N 94.74417°W / 40.75917; -94.74417
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyTaylor
Area
 • Total0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Land0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,201 ft (366 m)
Population
 • Total188
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
187
 • Density627/sq mi (242.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50848
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-32520
GNIS feature ID0457083

Gravity is a city in Taylor County, Iowa, United States. The population was 188 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Gravity had its start in the year 1881 by the building of the railroad through that territory. It was incorporated in 1883.[4] The origin of the name "Gravity" is obscure.[5]

Geography[edit]

Gravity is located at 40°45′33″N 94°44′39″W / 40.75917°N 94.74417°W / 40.75917; -94.74417 (40.759096, -94.744221),[6] along the Middle Fork One Hundred and Two River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.[1]

Gravity is located north of Bedford on Iowa Highway 148.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1890210—    
1900549+161.4%
1910475−13.5%
1920464−2.3%
1930465+0.2%
1940514+10.5%
1950369−28.2%
1960275−25.5%
1970286+4.0%
1980245−14.3%
1990218−11.0%
2000218+0.0%
2010188−13.8%
2016187−0.5%
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 188 people, 82 households, and 53 families residing in the city. The population density was 626.7 inhabitants per square mile (242.0/km2). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 343.3 per square mile (132.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.5% White and 0.5% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 82 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the city was 42 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.7% male and 46.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 218 people, 85 households, and 64 families residing in the city. The population density was 729.6 people per square mile (280.6/km²). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 344.7 per square mile (132.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.08% White, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.21% of the population.

There were 85 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,312. About 16.2% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.4% of those sixty five or over.

Education[edit]

It is within the Bedford Community School District.[9]

Notable person[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 and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Crosson, Frank E. (1910). History of Taylor County, Iowa: From the Earliest Historic Times to 1910. Walsworth Publishing Company. p. 193.
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. pp. 141–142.
  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. ^ "Bedford." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on June 20, 2018.