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Carpenter, Iowa
Location of Carpenter, Iowa
Location of Carpenter, Iowa
Country United States
State Iowa
County Mitchell
Area
 • Total 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Land 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,191 ft (363 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 87
 • Density 543.75/sq mi (207.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50426
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-11035
GNIS feature ID 0455180

Carpenter is a city in Mitchell County, Iowa, United States. The population was 87 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Carpenter is located at 43°24′56″N 93°1′2″W / 43.41556°N 93.01722°W / 43.41556; -93.01722 (43.415506, -93.017160).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 121 —    
1920 144 +19.0%
1930 110 −23.6%
1940 156 +41.8%
1950 165 +5.8%
1960 177 +7.3%
1970 122 −31.1%
1980 109 −10.7%
1990 102 −6.4%
2000 130 +27.5%
2010 109 −16.2%
2020 87 −20.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
CarpenterIowaPopPlot
The population of Carpenter, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 109 people, 47 households, and 27 families living in the city. The population density was 681.3 inhabitants per square mile (263.1/km2). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 318.8 per square mile (123.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White and 1.8% African American.

There were 47 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.

Attractions

Carpenter is known for hosting summer softball league play at its two lighted ballfields, part of the Carpenter Community Center. The Community Center is the former gymnasium of Carpenter's high school, which consolidated with St. Ansgar, IA schools in the 1960s. The gymnasium is frequently rented out for private events, dances and weddings.

Businesses in town as of 2006 included Dockum TV and Appliance, Viafield, Carpenter Location, Tiny's Livestock, and Carpenter Bar and Grill. Carpenter Bar and Grill, formerly known as RJ's, was a popular hangout which drew clientele from a wide radius before it was totally destroyed by fire early in the morning hours of June 19, 2006. [1] The business was rebuilt in the same location, and reopened in 2008.

Notable person

  • "Top Chef" contestant Carrie Mashaney grew up in Carpenter.
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