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Alden, Iowa
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Location of Alden, Iowa
Location of Alden, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Hardin
Area
 • Total 1.53 sq mi (3.97 km2)
 • Land 1.53 sq mi (3.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,112 ft (339 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 763
 • Density 498.69/sq mi (192.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
50006, 50043
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-01045
GNIS feature ID 0454120

Alden is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 763 at the 2020 census.

History

Alden was laid out in 1855. It was named for its founder, Henry Alden, a native of Massachusetts.

Geography

Alden's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.516867, -93.375809.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.73 square miles (4.48 km2), of which, 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 495 —    
1890 512 +3.4%
1900 709 +38.5%
1910 699 −1.4%
1920 840 +20.2%
1930 793 −5.6%
1940 682 −14.0%
1950 829 +21.6%
1960 838 +1.1%
1970 876 +4.5%
1980 953 +8.8%
1990 855 −10.3%
2000 904 +5.7%
2010 787 −12.9%
2020 763 −3.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
AldenIowaPopPlot
The population of Alden, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 787 people, 338 households, and 214 families living in the city. The population density was 460.2 inhabitants per square mile (177.7/km2). There were 368 housing units at an average density of 215.2 per square mile (83.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 338 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

Library

Library Alden Iowa
The front of the Alden Public Library

Alden is believed to have the smallest endowed Carnegie Library built in the United States. It was built at a cost of $9,000, and was a gift from Andrew Carnegie on November 3, 1913.

The original Library was built in 1914 with the grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The building served Alden for 85 years. In 1998 a Capital Campaign was started to raise $550,000 for an addition that would double the size of the library.

Notable natives

  • Gordon Jones, actor

Education

Alden Community School District operates public schools serving the community.

Library

Library Alden Iowa
The front of the Alden Public Library

Alden is believed to have the smallest endowed Carnegie Library built in the United States. It was built at a cost of $9,000, and was a gift from Andrew Carnegie on November 3, 1913.

The original Library was built in 1914 with the grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The Library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The building served Alden for 85 years. In 1998 a Capital Campaign was started to raise $550,000 for an addition that would double the size of the library.

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