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Britt, Iowa
Location of Britt, Iowa
Location of Britt, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Hancock
Area
 • Total 1.39 sq mi (3.59 km2)
 • Land 1.39 sq mi (3.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,227 ft (374 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,044
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,955
 • Density 1,470.50/sq mi (569.36/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
50423
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-08605
GNIS feature ID 0454832
Website City of Britt, Iowa Website

Britt is a city in Hancock County, Iowa, United States, and is the home of the National Hobo Convention and the Hobo Museum. The population was 2,044 at the 2020 census.

History

A train depot was built at Britt in 1870 before the town was built up.

Britt was platted in 1878. It is believed to be named for a railroad engineer or brakeman. Britt was incorporated as a city on June 23, 1881.

Geography

Britt is located at 43°5′47″N 93°48′4″W / 43.09639°N 93.80111°W / 43.09639; -93.80111 (43.096363, -93.801234).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 345 —    
1890 818 +137.1%
1900 1,540 +88.3%
1910 1,303 −15.4%
1920 1,619 +24.3%
1930 1,593 −1.6%
1940 1,813 +13.8%
1950 1,908 +5.2%
1960 2,042 +7.0%
1970 2,069 +1.3%
1980 2,185 +5.6%
1990 2,133 −2.4%
2000 2,052 −3.8%
2010 2,069 +0.8%
2020 2,044 −1.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
BrittIowaPopPlot
The population of Britt, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,069 people, 886 households, and 547 families living in the city. The population density was 1,642.1 inhabitants per square mile (634.0/km2). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 777.0 per square mile (300.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 4.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.7% of the population.

There were 886 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 43.7 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 24% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

Education

West Hancock Community School District operates public schools in Britt. The district formed on July 1, 1994 with the merger of the Britt and Kanawha districts.

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