Pomeroy, Iowa

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Pomeroy, Iowa
City
Location of Pomeroy, Iowa
Location of Pomeroy, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°32′54″N 94°41′1″W / 42.54833°N 94.68361°W / 42.54833; -94.68361Coordinates: 42°32′54″N 94°41′1″W / 42.54833°N 94.68361°W / 42.54833; -94.68361
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyCalhoun
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorBrian Meyer
Area[1]
 • Total2.04 sq mi (5.28 km2)
 • Land2.04 sq mi (5.28 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,240 ft (378 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total662
 • Estimate (2016)[3]623
 • Density325/sq mi (125.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code50575
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-64065
GNIS feature ID0460354
WebsiteCity of Pomeroy

Pomeroy is a city in Calhoun County, Iowa, United States. The population was 662 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Pomeroy was platted in 1870 in anticipation of the railroad being built through the settlement.[4] It was named for Charles Pomeroy, an Iowa politician.[5]

On July 6, 1893, Pomeroy was struck by a tornado that was later estimated to be F5 on the Fujita scale. With a damage path 500 yards (460 m) wide and 55 miles (89 km) long, the tornado destroyed about 80% of the homes in Pomeroy. The tornado killed 71 people and injured 200.[6][7]

Geography[edit]

Pomeroy is located at 42°32′54″N 94°41′1″W / 42.54833°N 94.68361°W / 42.54833; -94.68361 (42.548395, -94.683541).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1880185—    
1890481+160.0%
1900910+89.2%
1910815−10.4%
1920874+7.2%
1930826−5.5%
1940843+2.1%
1950868+3.0%
1960816−6.0%
1970765−6.2%
1980895+17.0%
1990762−14.9%
2000710−6.8%
2010662−6.8%
2016623−5.9%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 662 people, 280 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 324.5 inhabitants per square mile (125.3/km2). There were 350 housing units at an average density of 171.6 per square mile (66.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 280 households of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 47 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 28.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 710 people, 314 households, and 184 families residing in the city. The population density was 347.4 people per square mile (134.4/km²). There were 356 housing units at an average density of 174.2 per square mile (67.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.58% White, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 314 households out of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 29.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,531, and the median income for a family was $34,028. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,702. About 9.8% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Pocahontas Area Community School District operates public schools.[11] It was in the Pomeroy School District until July 1, 1993, when it consolidated into the Pomeroy-Palmer Community School District; on July 1, 2012 that district consolidated into the Pocahontas Area School District.[12]

Notable people[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. ^ Stonebraker, Beaumont E. (1915). Past and Present of Calhoun County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement, Volume 1. Pioneer Publishing Company. pp. 156–157.
  5. ^ "Profile for Pomeroy, Iowa". ePodunk. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ Sprague, F.W. Story of a Storm. Chicago: Shepard, 1893.
  7. ^ July 6, 1893 — Pomeroy, Iowa
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "Pocahontas Area." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.

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