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Bonaparte, Iowa
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Location of Bonaparte, Iowa
Location of Bonaparte, Iowa
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of Iowa.svg Iowa
County Van Buren
 • Total 0.37 sq mi (0.97 km2)
 • Land 0.37 sq mi (0.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
548 ft (167 m)
 • Total 359
 • Density 959.89/sq mi (370.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-07345
GNIS feature ID 0454744

Bonaparte is a city in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 359 at the 2020 census.

The town is located on the Des Moines River and contains a number of historical buildings, including a large pottery.


The area was established in 1837 by William Meek, and named Meek's Mill. The lots were resurveyed in 1841, and the name was changed to Bonaparte. Another townsite called Napoleon was established across the river, though it was never developed. William Meek was an admirer of the Emperor, and was responsible for both names. The town was incorporated in 1899.

The town was flooded during the Flood of 1851.

Bonaparte is located along the historic Mormon Trail, and there are five sites in or near Bonaparte listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Charles E. Pickett, who served two-terms as a U.S. Representative from Iowa's 3rd congressional district, was born near Bonaparte.


Bonaparte's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 40.699914, -91.800837.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 689 —    
1890 762 +10.6%
1900 898 +17.8%
1910 597 −33.5%
1920 656 +9.9%
1930 678 +3.4%
1940 653 −3.7%
1950 642 −1.7%
1960 574 −10.6%
1970 517 −9.9%
1980 489 −5.4%
1990 465 −4.9%
2000 458 −1.5%
2010 433 −5.5%
2020 359 −17.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Bonaparte, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 433 people, 190 households and 117 families living in the city. The population density was 1,170.3 inhabitants per square mile (451.9/km2). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 573.0 per square mile (221.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.3% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 190 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age was 37.3 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.


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

Notable person

  • Ida Sedgwick Proper, writer and suffragist

See also

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