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Aredale, Iowa
Location of Aredale, Iowa
Location of Aredale, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Butler
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,020 ft (311 m)
 • Total 62
 • Density 61.88/sq mi (23.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-02620
GNIS feature ID 0454224

Aredale is a city in Butler County, Iowa, United States. The population was 62 at the 2020 census.


The town of Aredale owes its conception to cheese. The area surrounding the town had seen increasing settlement since the 1860s, and in 1890, the local dairy farmers pooled their resources to create a cheese making factory, which eventually helped the town develop enough to warrant the community its own post office and thus township rights.

The name Aredale is derived from a variation on the Pennsylvania town of Airville from which several Aredale residents had emigrated. The plat was recorded on June 28, 1900 by the Iowa and Minnesota Town Site Company. June 28 later was observed as Field Day by residents, and featured a town celebration and a baseball game visited by hundreds of people from nearby towns.

Soon the town featured a number of competing lumberyards and stockyards, and the Aredale Savings and Loan was constructed in 1901. That same year, the First Methodist Church was organized, and purchased the Coldwater Methodist Church building, which was then moved in town. It was destroyed by fire in 1923 and replaced by a new building.

In 1953, a train wreck destroyed the town depot, and no new one is forthcoming.

In the race for mayor on November 8, 2011, the Butler County, Iowa elections office results showed that a senior at Hampton Dumont High School was elected. Jeremy Minnier, age 18, won with 24 write-in votes. Incumbent Mayor Virgil Homer received eight votes.

In April 2012 Mayor Jeremy Minnier appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Minnier discussed life in the small town and displayed photos. Host Leno and show guest Mel Gibson presented Minnier with a new town sign.


Aredale is located at 42°50′6″N 93°0′17″W / 42.83500°N 93.00472°W / 42.83500; -93.00472 (42.834907, -93.004744).

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.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 99 —    
1900 134 +35.4%
1910 161 +20.1%
1920 175 +8.7%
1930 204 +16.6%
1940 225 +10.3%
1950 204 −9.3%
1960 153 −25.0%
1970 126 −17.6%
1980 88 −30.2%
1990 88 +0.0%
2000 89 +1.1%
2010 74 −16.9%
2020 62 −16.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Aredale, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 74 people, 35 households, and 21 families living in the city. The population density was 74.7 inhabitants per square mile (28.8/km2). There were 40 housing units at an average density of 40.4 per square mile (15.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 35 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 11.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.0% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.62.

The median age in the city was 42.5 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.7% male and 47.3% female.


Hampton–Dumont Community School District operates the area public schools. It was established on July 1, 1995, by the merger of the Dumont and Hampton school districts.

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