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Ayrshire, Iowa
Location of Ayrshire, Iowa
Location of Ayrshire, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Palo Alto
 • Total 0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)
 • Land 0.22 sq mi (0.56 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,319 ft (402 m)
 • Total 133
 • Density 615.74/sq mi (237.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-04105
GNIS feature ID 0454296

Ayrshire is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 133 at the 2020 census.


In the 1880s the Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad (later part of Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway), having reached Fort Dodge, began building to the northwest. In October 1882 the rails reached the location of Ayrshire, and a depot was built the following month. The railroad had acquired 80 acres for a townsite, and by 1883 several businesses had been established.

Ayrshire was incorporated on 20 September 1895.

At one time it had two banks, two grocery stores, blacksmith shop, livery stable, creamery, hotel, at least two barber shops; Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist and Baptist churches; five gas stations, grain elevator, two cafes, a locker plant, a pharmacy, a lumber yard, two beer halls and several other businesses. It had both a Catholic and a public high school. The Catholic high school closed in 1947. The lower grades closed in 1968. The public school closed in the spring of 1982. The public school mascot was the Ayrshire Beavers.

In 1972, the town drew national attention for having the youngest mayor in America. Jody Smith was nineteen when he was elected mayor.

The rail line, by then part of the Chicago and North Western Railway, was abandoned in the 1980s, and torn up.

The town celebrated its Quasquicentennial in 2007.


Ayrshire is located at 43°2′19″N 94°50′5″W / 43.03861°N 94.83472°W / 43.03861; -94.83472 (43.038506, -94.834712).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 329 —    
1910 337 +2.4%
1920 361 +7.1%
1930 343 −5.0%
1940 391 +14.0%
1950 334 −14.6%
1960 298 −10.8%
1970 243 −18.5%
1980 243 +0.0%
1990 195 −19.8%
2000 202 +3.6%
2010 143 −29.2%
2020 133 −7.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Ayrshire, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 143 people, 75 households, and 34 families residing in the city. The population density was 681.0 inhabitants per square mile (262.9/km2). There were 95 housing units at an average density of 452.4 per square mile (174.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 75 households, of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 54.7% were non-families. 52.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 48.8 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.4% male and 47.6% female.

Population trends

The number of residents decreased from 202 in 2000 to 143 in the 2010 census, less than half the population a century earlier, 329 in 1900 and 337 in 1910.


Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District serves the community. It was a part of the Ayrshire Community School District until July 1, 1983, when it merged into Ruthven-Ayrshire.

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