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Baxter, Iowa
Motto(s): 
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Location of Baxter, Iowa
Location of Baxter, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°49′28″N 93°9′3″W / 41.82444°N 93.15083°W / 41.82444; -93.15083Coordinates: 41°49′28″N 93°9′3″W / 41.82444°N 93.15083°W / 41.82444; -93.15083
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Jasper
Area
 • Total 0.65 sq mi (1.69 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.69 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,004 ft (306 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 962
 • Density 1,480.00/sq mi (569.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50028
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-04915
GNIS feature ID 0454391

Baxter is a city in Jasper County, Iowa, United States. Baxter is located 33 miles (53 km) northeast of Des Moines. The population was 962 at the 2020 census.

History

Baxter was platted in 1883.

Geography

Baxter's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.824492, -93.150857.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 427 —    
1910 527 +23.4%
1920 571 +8.3%
1930 569 −0.4%
1940 623 +9.5%
1950 618 −0.8%
1960 681 +10.2%
1970 788 +15.7%
1980 951 +20.7%
1990 938 −1.4%
2000 1,052 +12.2%
2010 1,101 +4.7%
2020 962 −12.6%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
BaxterIowaPopPlot
The population of Baxter, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,101 people, 427 households, and 296 families living in the city. The population density was 1,693.8 inhabitants per square mile (654.0/km2). There were 446 housing units at an average density of 686.2 per square mile (264.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 427 households, of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Education

Baxter Community School District operates local public schools.

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