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Belmond, Iowa
Location of Belmond, Iowa
Location of Belmond, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°50′50″N 93°36′44″W / 42.84722°N 93.61222°W / 42.84722; -93.61222Coordinates: 42°50′50″N 93°36′44″W / 42.84722°N 93.61222°W / 42.84722; -93.61222
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Wright
Incorporated October 21, 1881
Area
 • Total 2.85 sq mi (7.38 km2)
 • Land 2.85 sq mi (7.38 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,178 ft (359 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,463
 • Density 864.21/sq mi (333.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50421
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-05680
GNIS feature ID 0454502

Belmond is a city in Wright County, Iowa, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 69, 14 miles (23 km) by road from Clarion, the county seat. The population was 2,463 in the 2020 census, a decline from 2,560 in 2000.

History

On October 14, 1966, an F5 tornado ripped apart the community, destroying or damaging about 600 homes and 75 businesses. Six people were killed and large swaths of the town were left in ruins. On June 12, 2013, an F3 tornado affected the northern sections of town by damaging or destroying several businesses and homes.

Belmond was impacted by major flooding in the June 2008 Midwest floods, along with many other parts of the state of Iowa.

Geography

Belmond is located at 42°50′50″N 93°36′44″W / 42.84722°N 93.61222°W / 42.84722; -93.61222 (42.847242, -93.612335) on the Iowa River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.85 square miles (7.38 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 803
1900 1,234 53.7%
1910 1,224 −0.8%
1920 1,797 46.8%
1930 1,733 −3.6%
1940 2,109 21.7%
1950 2,169 2.8%
1960 2,506 15.5%
1970 2,358 −5.9%
1980 2,505 6.2%
1990 2,500 −0.2%
2000 2,560 2.4%
2010 2,376 −7.2%
2020 2,463 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
BelmondIowaPopPlot
The population of Belmond, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,376 people, 1,047 households, and 649 families residing in the city. The population density was 833.7 inhabitants per square mile (321.9/km2). There were 1,197 housing units at an average density of 420.0 per square mile (162.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 4.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.1% of the population.

There were 1,047 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 45.9 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 23.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Parks and recreation

Belmond maintains several well-kept city parks. In recent years the Belmond community has built a new fire station, city hall, walking trail, and a new clinic. There are plans to build a new water treatment facility. The Iowa River flows through Belmond, past a river park. Belmond has a country club and golf course. Luick Memorial Swimming Pool features a giant water slide. The City plans to improve the pool by creating a more modern aquatic center. The Franklin Grove Heritage Trail is an asphalt trail that runs through town. There are plans to build a walking trail from Mason City to Belmond that could eventually connect to the Three Rivers Trail in Eagle Grove.

Economy

The community has and continues to complete several community projects including industrial park and spec building, new elementary school, high school renovations, renovated library, new city hall, new fire station, community-owned movie theater, new daycare center, assisted living facility, street improvements, new water treatment facility, housing developments, several business expansions and developments, etc.

Housing

The Belmond Housing Council and the City of Belmond established the Dumond Estates 40-lot housing subdivision in 1997. There are two housing incentive programs available in Belmond, which emphasize building in Dumond Estates.

Education

Belmond–Klemme Community School District serves Belmond. The district formed on July 1, 1994, with the merger of the Belmond and Klemme districts.

Notable people

  • Duane Benson, Minnesota state senator and former AFL/NFL player, was born in Belmond.
  • Sean McLaughlin: former MSNBC meteorologist and "Today Show" weather anchor, currently serving as weather anchor for CBS affiliate KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Walter C. Ramsay, Iowa Secretary of State and newspaper editor

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