Mount Ayr, Iowa
|Mount Ayr, Iowa|
Location of Mount Ayr, Iowa
|• Total||2.69 sq mi (6.97 km2)|
|• Land||2.67 sq mi (6.92 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||1,220 ft (372 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,682|
|• Density||633.3/sq mi (244.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0459275|
Mount Ayr is a city in Ringgold County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,691 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Ringgold County. Mount Ayr is a rural community in Southwestern Iowa, 22 miles west of Interstate 35 on State Highway 2. Mount Ayr was founded in 1875 and the community was named in honor of poet Robert Burns’ birthplace in Ayr, Scotland. The “mount” was added to indicate its location on the highest point of land in the area.
Mount Ayr's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are .
|Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,691 people, 746 households, and 437 families residing in the city. The population density was 633.3 inhabitants per square mile (244.5/km2). There were 822 housing units at an average density of 307.9 per square mile (118.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 746 households of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.4% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.80.
The median age in the city was 49.5 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 29.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.5% male and 55.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,822 people, 780 households, and 492 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.2 people per square mile (278.1/km²). There were 856 housing units at an average density of 338.4 per square mile (130.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.96% White, 0.27% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.
There were 780 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82.
Age spread: 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 80.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,893, and the median income for a family was $37,188. Males had a median income of $27,333 versus $20,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,444. About 8.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
The Mount Ayr Public Library is a Carnegie Library and has a microfiche film collection dating back to 1838 and a specialized genealogy room.
Parks and recreation
Local places for recreation include:
- Judge Lewis Recreational Park, the city park
- Poe Hollow Park & Ringgold Trailway
- Sun Valley Lake and Resort, including a golf course and boating facilities
- Fife's Grove and Loch Ayr, including a park and lake
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Mount Ayr has one high school (grades 7-12) and one elementary school (grades K-6), as well as a preschool and alternative high school. Enrollment averages around 50 students in each class. The drama department of Mount Ayr Community High School (MACHS) has produced several students who have played at district and state competitions.
For population 25 years and over in Mount Ayr:
- High school or higher: 81.4%
- Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.6%
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
Judge Lewis Field, that is located 2 miles South East of Mount Ayr and FAA Identified as 1Y3, is a small airport serving single-engine aircraft, operated by the city of Mount Ayr. The airport has a single gravel runway that is 2,600 feet (790 m) long by 40 feet (12 m) wide.
- Peggy Whitson (born 1960) astronaut on two expeditions, As of 2011[update] holds the office of The Chief Astronaut.
- Kenneth Leroy Nielsen (1936-2010) built Mt. Ayr's "mascot" the cannon, which is fired at every high school football game for every touchdown, himself along with some family friends. Taught ag classes for many years.
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- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
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- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Judge Lewis Field Mount Ayr Municipal Airport". AirNav. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "Peggy A. Whitson (Ph.D.) Bio". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. October 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- "The Corn Parade". History Matters. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
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