Perry, Iowa

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Perry, Iowa
Perry Iowa 20090607 Sign.JPG
Motto(s): 
Make yourself at home!
Location of Perry, Iowa
Location of Perry, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°50′24″N 94°6′0″W / 41.84000°N 94.10000°W / 41.84000; -94.10000Coordinates: 41°50′24″N 94°6′0″W / 41.84000°N 94.10000°W / 41.84000; -94.10000
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyDallas
Area
 • Total5.47 sq mi (14.18 km2)
 • Land5.47 sq mi (14.17 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 • Total8,122
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
7,676
 • Density1,403.55/sq mi (541.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50220
Area code(s)515
FIPS code19-62355
GNIS feature ID0460089
Websitehttp://www.perryia.org/

Perry is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. The population was 7,702 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Formerly a major railroad junction, Perry is home to the Historic Hotel Pattee, with themed rooms including many related to the railroad.

History[edit]

Perry was laid out as a town in 1869.[4] The original townsite was bounded by Estella Street on the south, 8th Street on the east, 3rd Street on the west, & Dewey Avenue on the north.

Geography[edit]

Perry is located at 41°50′24″N 94°6′0″W / 41.84000°N 94.10000°W / 41.84000; -94.10000 (41.840107, -94.099978).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.18 square miles (10.83 km2), of which 4.17 square miles (10.80 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1880952—    
18902,880+202.5%
19003,986+38.4%
19104,630+16.2%
19205,642+21.9%
19305,881+4.2%
19405,977+1.6%
19506,174+3.3%
19606,442+4.3%
19706,906+7.2%
19807,053+2.1%
19906,652−5.7%
20007,633+14.7%
20108,122+6.4%
20197,676−5.5%
Source:"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-03-29. and Iowa Data Center
Source: U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 7,702 people, 2,792 households, and 1,920 families living in the city. The population density was 1,847.0 inhabitants per square mile (713.1/km2). There were 3,180 housing units at an average density of 762.6 per square mile (294.4/km2). The racial makup of the city was 79.1% White, 1.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 14.1% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.0%.[2]

Perry High School

Of the 2,792 households 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 28.2% of households were one person and 13.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.29.

The median age was 33.3 years. 29.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census there were 7,633 people, 2,831 households, and 1,942 families living in the city. The population density was 2,060.4 people per square mile (796.5/km2). There were 2,994 housing units at an average density of 808.2 per square mile (312.4/km2). The racial makup of the city was 82.84% White, 1.06% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 13.19% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.54%.[8]

Of the 2,831 households 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.3% of households were one person and 14.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

The age distribution was 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median household income was $35,429 and the median family income was $41,771. Males had a median income of $27,610 versus $21,839 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,935. About 8.9% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

In April 2018, a video showcasing Perry's economy in 1979 and 1980 was released by Iowa State University.[9]

A major employer in Perry is the Tyson Foods pork plant.[10][11][12]

Education[edit]

The Perry Community School District operates local area public schools.[13]

Media[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ The History of Dallas County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c. Higginson Book Company. 1879. pp. 457.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ Cauflield, Jim (April 18, 2018). Perry video from late ’70s stirs old memories for retirees. The Perry News. Perry, Iowa. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tyson Foods Locations". Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  11. ^ Greater Des Moines Partnership. "Large Private and Publicly Held Employers, Greater Des Moines" (PDF). Retrieved June 19, 2012.[dead link]
  12. ^ FOLEY, RYAN J. (2020-05-05). "Nearly 1,400 Tyson workers at 3 Iowa plants get coronavirus". KGAN. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  13. ^ "FY20 PERRY" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  14. ^ Longden, Tom. "Famous Iowans Bell, Bill". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  15. ^ "Gertude Mary Cox". MacTutor biography. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  16. ^ V.T. Hamlin Collection in University of Missouri Special Collections Archived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine

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