Maxwell, Iowa

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Maxwell, Iowa
Motto(s): 
Where Dreams Go To Die
Location of Maxwell, Iowa
Location of Maxwell, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°53′25″N 93°23′52″W / 41.89028°N 93.39778°W / 41.89028; -93.39778Coordinates: 41°53′25″N 93°23′52″W / 41.89028°N 93.39778°W / 41.89028; -93.39778
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyStory
City ClerkDebra Hayes
Government
 • MayorSteven Gast
 • City CouncilAlex Golly, Susan Livesay,Charles Robertson, Doug Miller, Nicole Hudson
Area
 • Total1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)
 • Land1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
883 ft (269 m)
Population
 • Total868
 • Estimate 
(2017)[3]
920
 • Density829/sq mi (320.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50161
Area code(s)515
FIPS code19-50520
GNIS feature ID0458863
Websitehttp://www.welcometomaxwell.com

Maxwell is a city in Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 920 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the larger Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

When the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Saint Paul railways made the decision to come to the junction of the Calamus and Indian Creek valleys, the people began moving to the railroad. J.W. Maxwell and F.M. Baldwin had purchased some land near the railroad, and gave the land upon which the first town of Maxwell was platted. The town was after the donor and because he was the first to move there. Soon, large buildings were moved from Iowa Center and Peoria City to what is now the site of the town of Maxwell. The first building was the railroad depot. Several new buildings were constructed, the largest of which was occupied by the Mercantile firm of Maxwell and Baldwin and is now occupied by Logsdon's Grocery Store.

Because of the excessive wet season and heavy snow of the winter of 1881-1882, there was a considerable flood. Both creeks, surrounding the town, were out of their banks and formed one solid body of water just south of the depot, marooning many of the construction gangs who made their headquarters that winter in Maxwell. Because they could not work on account of the interference of the water, two saloons sprang up and did a flourishing business.

Before the close of 1882, there were twelve or more business houses in town, and more under construction. By 1887, there were 40 businesses located in Maxwell.

Maxwell became incorporated in 1883, and a town election was held. The town hall was located behind the Maxwell Baldwin building. It had a cupola with a bell to ring in case of emergencies. The first church met at the lumber yard owned by J.O. French. Planks were arranged as seats. Later, the Methodist and Presbyterian churches were built.[4]

Geography[edit]

Maxwell is located at 41°53′25″N 93°23′52″W / 41.890232°N 93.397657°W / 41.890232; -93.397657 (41.890232, -93.397657).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.11 square miles (2.87 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1890453—    
1900810+78.8%
1910754−6.9%
1920811+7.6%
1930721−11.1%
1940812+12.6%
1950802−1.2%
1960773−3.6%
1970758−1.9%
1980783+3.3%
1990788+0.6%
2000807+2.4%
2010920+14.0%
2016926+0.7%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 920 people, 349 households, and 242 families living in the city. The population density was 828.8 inhabitants per square mile (320.0/km2). There were 365 housing units at an average density of 328.8 per square mile (127.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 349 households of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.9% male and 49.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 807 people, 312 households, and 228 families living in the city. The population density was 703.9 people per square mile (270.9/km2). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 290.5 per square mile (111.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.76% White, 0.25% Native American, 0.50% Asian, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.25% of the population.

There were 312 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 24.0% 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 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $49,821. Males had a median income of $35,114 versus $24,931 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,069. About 2.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. 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. ^ Maxwell Centennial Book 1883-1983
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.