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Beacon, Iowa
Location of Beacon, Iowa
Location of Beacon, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°16′33″N 92°40′51″W / 41.27583°N 92.68083°W / 41.27583; -92.68083Coordinates: 41°16′33″N 92°40′51″W / 41.27583°N 92.68083°W / 41.27583; -92.68083
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Mahaska
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
758 ft (231 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 445
 • Density 445.00/sq mi (171.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52534
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-05050
GNIS feature ID 0454396

Beacon is a city in Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. The population was 445 at the 2020 census.

History

Coal miners in Beacon joined the United Mine Workers union in 1894, organizing local 178. By 1902, this had 100 members.

Evans, Iowa was a coal camp 3 miles (5 km) to the northwest founded by Evan Evans. This was home to mines that opened in 1879 and were combined and reorganized as the American mine in 1884, at which time, the daily output was 100 tons. By 1894, the mine face was 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the foot of the slope, and the mine was producing 1000 tons of coal a day from a coal seam 6 feet (1.8m) thick. This was one of the very few mines where the miners did not join the Bituminous coal miners' strike of 1894. In 1899 United Mine Workers of America local 835 was organized, and in 1902, local 1932 was organized. Memberships in these two locals, combined, was 210 in 1901.

Geography

Beacon's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.275948, -92.680733.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 727 —    
1890 570 −21.6%
1900 953 +67.2%
1910 623 −34.6%
1920 381 −38.8%
1930 350 −8.1%
1940 382 +9.1%
1950 371 −2.9%
1960 718 +93.5%
1970 338 −52.9%
1980 530 +56.8%
1990 509 −4.0%
2000 518 +1.8%
2010 494 −4.6%
2020 445 −9.9%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
BeaconIowaPopPlot
The population of Beacon, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 494 people, 213 households, and 144 families living in the city. The population density was 494.0 inhabitants per square mile (190.7/km2). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 237.0 per square mile (91.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.6% African American, 1.2% Native American, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 213 households, of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

Education

The Oskaloosa Community School District operates local public schools.

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