Palmer, Iowa

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Palmer, Iowa
City
Location of Palmer, Iowa
Location of Palmer, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°37′51″N 94°36′0″W / 42.63083°N 94.60000°W / 42.63083; -94.60000Coordinates: 42°37′51″N 94°36′0″W / 42.63083°N 94.60000°W / 42.63083; -94.60000
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Pocahontas
Area[1]
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,240 ft (378 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 165
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 162
 • Density 392.9/sq mi (151.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50571
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-61050
GNIS feature ID 0459998

Palmer is a city in Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 165 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Palmer had its start in the year 1899 by the building of the Rock Island railroad through that territory.[4]

Geography[edit]

Palmer is located at 42°37′51″N 94°36′0″W / 42.63083°N 94.60000°W / 42.63083; -94.60000 (42.630929, -94.599948).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 177 —    
1920 282 +59.3%
1930 297 +5.3%
1940 305 +2.7%
1950 296 −3.0%
1960 271 −8.4%
1970 264 −2.6%
1980 288 +9.1%
1990 230 −20.1%
2000 214 −7.0%
2010 165 −22.9%
2014 162 −1.8%
2015 160 −1.2%
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 165 people, 85 households, and 40 families residing in the city. The population density was 392.9 inhabitants per square mile (151.7/km2). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 242.9 per square mile (93.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.6% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 85 households of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.9% were non-families. 43.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the city was 47.8 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 35.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 214 people, 100 households, and 58 families residing in the city. The population density was 502.8 people per square mile (192.2/km²). There were 104 housing units at an average density of 244.3 per square mile (93.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.33% White, 3.74% African American, 0.47% Native American and 0.47% Asian.

There were 100 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.0% 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 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 114.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $45,250. Males had a median income of $27,778 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,775. About 10.9% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.5% of those sixty five or over.

Sports[edit]

Palmer had many successful semi-pro baseball teams in the heyday of town teams.

Palmer's high school boys' basketball team had a long run of success in the 1980s, winning three straight state championships from 1986 to 1988. Its teams scored record numbers of points, and its games were played in front of packed crowds. Ultimately, the team won 103 straight games, setting the state record.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ Flickinger, Robert Elliott (1904). The Pioneer History of Pocahontas County, Iowa. G. Sanborn. p. 356. 
  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. 
  8. ^ Holub, Terry. Palmer Basketball: The Alden Skinner Story. Schaller, Schaller Herald, 1989. ISBN 0-9623112-0-0.