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Breda, Iowa is located in Iowa
Breda, Iowa
Breda, Iowa
Location in Iowa
Breda, Iowa is located in the United States
Breda, Iowa
Breda, Iowa
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Carroll County
 • Total 0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,375 ft (419 m)
 • Total 500
 • Density 676.59/sq mi (261.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-08290
GNIS feature ID 0454812

Breda is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States. The population was 500 at the 2020 census.


Breda had its start in the year 1877 by the building of the Maple branch of the Chicago and North Western railroad through that territory. It was named after the Dutch city of Breda by a settler native to that place.


Breda is located at 42°10′56″N 94°58′41″W / 42.18222°N 94.97806°W / 42.18222; -94.97806 (42.182147, -94.977999).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.74 square miles (1.92 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1880 109 —    
1890 256 +134.9%
1900 395 +54.3%
1910 374 −5.3%
1920 419 +12.0%
1930 481 +14.8%
1940 532 +10.6%
1950 506 −4.9%
1960 543 +7.3%
1970 518 −4.6%
1980 502 −3.1%
1990 467 −7.0%
2000 477 +2.1%
2010 483 +1.3%
2020 500 +3.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Breda, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 483 people, 211 households, and 135 families residing in the city. The population density was 652.7 inhabitants per square mile (252.0/km2). There were 226 housing units at an average density of 305.4 per square mile (117.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.6% from two or more races.

There were 211 households, of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 37.6 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.


The public school district is the Carroll Community School District, which operates schools in Carroll. The area Catholic school is the Kuemper Catholic School System, which is also in Carroll.

Previously Breda had its own Catholic schools, with the first such institution opening in 1884. St. Bernard Grade School opened in 1903, and St. Bernard High School opened in the St. Bernard building in 1927. The high school received its own building in 1951. St. Bernard High consolidated into Kuemper Catholic High in 1979. St. Bernard Elementary occupied the former high school building while the former elementary building closed that year; that building was demolished in 1980, and by 2014 two houses had been built in its place. Christ the King School formed in 1983 as a merger of St. Bernard along with Mount Carmel, Lidderdale and Maple River Catholic schools. The Christ the King School, along with the Holy Trinity Catholic grade school, consolidated into Kuemper Catholic System in 2003.

St. Bernard Church became the owner of the former St. Bernard High/new St. Bernard Grade School/Christ the King School. The estate of Mary Nieland funded a renovation of the former cafeteria. This became the Mary Nieland Center, a community center, and as of 2014 other sections of the former school are used for other community and recreation functions.

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