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Burt, Iowa
Location of Burt, Iowa
Location of Burt, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Kossuth
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.10 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.10 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,181 ft (360 m)
 • Total 418
 • Density 983.53/sq mi (379.52/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-09685
GNIS feature ID 0455008

Burt is a city in Kossuth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 418 at the 2020 census.


Burt was platted in 1881 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named for Horace G. Burt, a railroad official.


Burt is located at 43°11′53″N 94°13′18″W / 43.19806°N 94.22167°W / 43.19806; -94.22167 (43.198075, -94.221616).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2), all land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 504 —    
1910 495 −1.8%
1920 626 +26.5%
1930 580 −7.3%
1940 613 +5.7%
1950 572 −6.7%
1960 620 +8.4%
1970 608 −1.9%
1980 689 +13.3%
1990 575 −16.5%
2000 556 −3.3%
2010 533 −4.1%
2020 418 −21.6%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Burt, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 533 people, 206 households, and 130 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,211.4 inhabitants per square mile (467.7/km2). There were 232 housing units at an average density of 527.3 per square mile (203.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 206 households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 38.2 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.


There are two churches in Burt, both of the Protestant faith: St. John's Lutheran Church and Burt Presbyterian Church. A third church, United Methodist Church, was closed in September 2009 and a fourth church, the Full Gospel Church, closed in 1990. The cemetery that serves Burt is located on the far north end of town.

Community groups

There are several community organizations in Burt. The Burt VFW, Lion's Club, Women's Club, Playground Committee, Summer Celebration Committee, and the Burt Library Board are all influential in planning activities and keeping the town active.


The community is served by the Algona Community School District. It operates Algona High School.

Burt Community Schools previously served the community. The district, which had athletics teams known as the Bears, served the population for elementary, middle, and high school education until 1989. After that date, student participated in whole-grade sharing with nearby Sentral High School. On July 1, 2001, the Burt Community School District consolidated into the Algona district, which now serves students of all ages.

Notable people

  • Bob Thaves (1924-2006), cartoonist

See also

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