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Birmingham, Iowa
Motto(s): 
"Gateway to Scenic Van Buren County"
Location of Birmingham, Iowa
Location of Birmingham, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°52′43″N 91°56′48″W / 40.87861°N 91.94667°W / 40.87861; -91.94667Coordinates: 40°52′43″N 91°56′48″W / 40.87861°N 91.94667°W / 40.87861; -91.94667
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Van Buren
Area
 • Total 1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
755 ft (230 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 367
 • Density 346.23/sq mi (133.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52535
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-06625
GNIS feature ID 0454645
Website The Villages of Van Buren, Iowa Website

Birmingham is a city in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 367 at the 2020 census.

History

Birmingham was laid out in 1839. The town was incorporated on May 20, 1856.

Geography

Birmingham is located at 40°52'43" North, 91°56'48" West (40.878626, -91.946610).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Central City Square, Birmingham, Iowa
Central City Square showing public park and playground, Birmingham, Iowa, looking southeast from the Public Library.
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1850 231 —    
1870 626 +171.0%
1880 515 −17.7%
1890 545 +5.8%
1900 622 +14.1%
1910 572 −8.0%
1920 539 −5.8%
1930 507 −5.9%
1940 498 −1.8%
1950 643 +29.1%
1960 441 −31.4%
1970 452 +2.5%
1980 410 −9.3%
1990 386 −5.9%
2000 423 +9.6%
2010 448 +5.9%
2020 367 −18.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
BirminghamIowaPopPlot
The population of Birmingham, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 448 people, 191 households, and 120 families living in the city. The population density was 422.6 inhabitants per square mile (163.2/km2). There were 213 housing units at an average density of 200.9 per square mile (77.6/km2). The racial makup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0%.

Of the 191 households 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 29.8% of households were one person and 10.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age was 41 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.3% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

Education

The community is served by the Van Buren County Community School District. It was previously in the Van Buren Community School District, until it merged into Van Buren County CSD on July 1, 2019.

Notable people

  • Rose Talbot Bullard (1864-1915), doctor and medical professor born in Birmingham
  • William S. Ervin, Attorney General of Minnesota
  • Clifford R. Hope (1893–1970) congressman representing Kansas 1927-57
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