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Afton, Iowa
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Location of Afton, Iowa
Location of Afton, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°1′41″N 94°11′49″W / 41.02806°N 94.19694°W / 41.02806; -94.19694Coordinates: 41°1′41″N 94°11′49″W / 41.02806°N 94.19694°W / 41.02806; -94.19694
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Union
Area
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,240 ft (378 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 874
 • Density 868.79/sq mi (335.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50830
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-00595
GNIS feature ID 0454101

Afton is a city in Union County, in southwestern Iowa, United States. The population was 874 at the 2020 census. Its peak of population was in 1880, at 1,231 residents, when numerous European immigrants and migrants from the eastern United States settled here for the farmland. Mechanization of farming and consolidation of farms has reduced the population.

Geography

Afton is located at 41°1′41″N 94°11′49″W / 41.02806°N 94.19694°W / 41.02806; -94.19694 (41.027926, -94.197071).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 961 —    
1880 1,231 +28.1%
1890 1,045 −15.1%
1900 1,178 +12.7%
1910 1,014 −13.9%
1920 926 −8.7%
1930 1,013 +9.4%
1940 987 −2.6%
1950 936 −5.2%
1960 773 −17.4%
1970 823 +6.5%
1980 985 +19.7%
1990 953 −3.2%
2000 917 −3.8%
2010 845 −7.9%
2020 874 +3.4%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
AftonIowaPopPlot
The population of Afton, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 845 people, 355 households, and 218 families residing in the city. The population density was 853.5 inhabitants per square mile (329.5/km2). There were 400 housing units at an average density of 404.0 per square mile (156.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 355 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Notable people

  • Cynthia May Alden, early 20th-century journalist
  • J.B. West, Chief Usher of the White House
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