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Buffalo Center, Iowa
Location of Buffalo Center, Iowa
Location of Buffalo Center, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Winnebago
Area
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Land 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,191 ft (363 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 857
 • Density 793.52/sq mi (307.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50424
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-09280
GNIS feature ID 0454952

Buffalo Center is a city in Winnebago County, Iowa, United States. The population was 857 at the time of the 2020 census. Its ZIP code is 50424.

History

Buffalo Center was platted in 1892. It was incorporated as a city in 1894.

Geography

Buffalo Center is located at 43°23′11″N 93°56′54″W / 43.38639°N 93.94833°W / 43.38639; -93.94833 (43.386497, -93.948241).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 875 —    
1910 753 −13.9%
1920 894 +18.7%
1930 768 −14.1%
1940 911 +18.6%
1950 1,087 +19.3%
1960 1,140 +4.9%
1970 1,118 −1.9%
1980 1,233 +10.3%
1990 1,081 −12.3%
2000 963 −10.9%
2010 905 −6.0%
2020 857 −5.3%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
Buffalo CenterIowaPopPlot
The population of Buffalo Center, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 905 people, 405 households, and 242 families living in the city. The population density was 845.8 inhabitants per square mile (326.6/km2). There were 465 housing units at an average density of 434.6 per square mile (167.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population.

There were 405 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.2% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 48.3 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 30.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Education

It is within the North Iowa Community School District, which was established on July 1, 1996, by the merger of the Buffalo Center–Rake–Lakota Community School District and the Thompson Community School District.

An independent school district coinciding with the Buffalo township was established after a vote on December 13, 1895. It was renamed in 1897 to the Buffalo Center Consolidated School District. The Buffalo Center Community School District was formed on July 1, 1954, by the merger of five one-room schoolhouse districts, with the establishment of a centralized school approved by the board in August of that year. The Buffalo Center district merged with the Rake Community School District to form the Buffalo Center–Rake district on July 1, 1978. On July 1, 1992, that district merged with the Lakota Community School District to form the Buffalo Center–Rake–Lakota district, and that district merged into North Iowa in 1996.

Buffalo Center has a high school, North Iowa Community School, located in the town. It was the first consolidated school west of the Mississippi River. North Iowa Community School consists of students from three other surrounding communities: Lakota, Rake, and Thompson. The school mascot is the North Iowa Bison.

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