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Balltown, Iowa
Mississippi overlook sign in Balltown, Iowa
Mississippi overlook sign in Balltown, Iowa
Location of Balltown, Iowa
Location of Balltown, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
 • Total 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
 • Land 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,204 ft (367 m)
 • Total 79
 • Density 1,097.22/sq mi (426.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 19-04375
GNIS feature ID 0454338

Balltown is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 79 at the 2020 census, up from 73 in 2000. Balltown is home to Breitbach's Country Dining, Iowa's oldest restaurant and bar, which was founded in 1852 and twice rebuilt by the community, following its destruction by fire in 2007 and 2008.


Balltown is located at 42°38′15″N 90°52′7″W / 42.63750°N 90.86861°W / 42.63750; -90.86861 (42.637504, -90.868622).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2), all of it land.


Balltown was named for John Ball, an early settler said to have lived on a Mississippi river island before 1850.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1940 56 —    
1950 49 −12.5%
1960 43 −12.2%
1970 79 +83.7%
1980 106 +34.2%
1990 74 −30.2%
2000 73 −1.4%
2010 68 −6.8%
2020 79 +16.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Balltown, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 68 people, 31 households, and 21 families living in the city. The population density was 755.6 inhabitants per square mile (291.7/km2). There were 33 housing units at an average density of 366.7 per square mile (141.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White and 1.5% from two or more races.

There were 31 households, of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.67.

The median age in the city was 47 years. 17.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 30.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


Residents are within the Western Dubuque Community School District. Zoned schools include Epworth Elementary School in Epworth, Drexler Middle School in Farley, and Western Dubuque High School in Epworth.

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