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Beaconsfield, Iowa
The Community Building is the birthplace of the Hy-Vee grocery store chain.
The Community Building is the birthplace of the Hy-Vee grocery store chain.
Location of Beaconsfield, Iowa
Location of Beaconsfield, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Ringgold
Area
 • Total 0.72 sq mi (1.86 km2)
 • Land 0.72 sq mi (1.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,211 ft (369 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15
 • Density 19.50/sq mi (7.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50074
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-05095
GNIS feature ID 0454399

Beaconsfield is a city in Ringgold County, Iowa, United States. The population was 15 in the 2020 census, an increase from 11 in 2000. In the 2000 census Beaconsfield was the least populated incorporated city in Iowa; with the increase in the 2020 census, it is now the second smallest, after with Le Roy.

History

Beaconsfield started when the Humeston and Shenandoah Railroad built a train station. In 1881 a town company laid it out as a village. A post office was established in 1882 and closed in 1993.

The town was incorporated on January 18, 1990.

The community was named after Lord Beaconsfield of England.

The Hy-Vee grocery chain has its origin in the Beaconsfield Supply Store, a general store opened by Charles Hyde and David Vredenburg in 1930. That location is on the National Register of Historic Places.

On May 23, 1981, a tornado touched down southwest of Beaconsfield for 15.9 miles. It was a category F2 tornado

Geography

Beaconsfield's longitude and latitude are 40.807958, -94.050634.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.72 square miles (1.86 km2), all of it land.

The elevation of Beaconsfield is 1210 feet above sea level.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 177
1910 148 −16.4%
1920 170 14.9%
1930 201 18.2%
1940 148 −26.4%
1950 104 −29.7%
1960 71 −31.7%
1970 48 −32.4%
1980 39 −18.7%
1990 27 −30.8%
2000 11 −59.3%
2010 15 36.4%
2020 15 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
BeaconsfieldIowaPopPlot
The population of Beaconsfield, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15 people, 8 households, and 5 families living in the city. The population density was 20.8 inhabitants per square mile (8.0/km2). There were 14 housing units at an average density of 19.4 per square mile (7.5/km2). The racial makup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 8 households, of which 62.5% were married couples living together and 37.5% were non-families. 37.5% of households were one person and 25% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.88 and the average family size was 2.40.

The median age was 55.5 years. 0.0% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 13.3% were from 25 to 44; 40% were from 45 to 64; and 40% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Education

Mount Ayr Community School District operates public schools serving the community.

Notable person

  • Peggy Whitson (1960– ) astronaut on three expeditions, from October 2009 to September 2017, held the office of The Chief Astronaut.
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