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Bridgewater, Iowa
Part of Main Street
Part of Main Street
Adair County Iowa Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Bridgewater Highlighted.svg
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Adair
Township Jackson
Founded 1885
Area
 • Total 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Land 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,220 ft (372 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 148
 • Density 511.1/sq mi (197.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50837
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-08425
GNIS feature ID 0454823

Bridgewater is a city in Jackson Township, Adair County, Iowa, United States. The population was 148 at the time of the 2020 census. Bridgewater was founded in 1885.

History

Bridgewater had its start in 1885 when the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was extended to that point. A post office called Bridgewater has been in operation since 1885.

Geography

Bridgewater is located at 41°14′44″N 94°40′6″W / 41.24556°N 94.66833°W / 41.24556; -94.66833 (41.245491, -94.668288). Mormon Trail Lake and Park are located outside of town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 365
1920 343 −6.0%
1930 327 −4.7%
1940 302 −7.6%
1950 296 −2.0%
1960 225 −24.0%
1970 188 −16.4%
1980 233 23.9%
1990 209 −10.3%
2000 178 −14.8%
2010 182 2.2%
2020 148 −18.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
BridgewaterIowaPopPlot2020
The population of Bridgewater, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 182 people, 89 households, and 48 families living in the city. The population density was 627.6 inhabitants per square mile (242.3/km2). There were 100 housing units at an average density of 344.8 per square mile (133.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 89 households, of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.1% were non-families. 43.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 47.3 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 28.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.

Education

Nodaway Valley Community School District serves the community. It was formed on July 1, 2000, by the consolidation of the districts of Greenfield and Bridgewater–Fontanelle. Nodaway Valley High School is the joint high school.

Notable person

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