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Chelsea, Iowa
Chelsea City Hall and Library
Chelsea City Hall and Library
Location of Chelsea, Iowa
Location of Chelsea, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Tama
Area
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
781 ft (238 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 229
 • Density 226.73/sq mi (87.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52215
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-12990
GNIS feature ID 0455368

Chelsea is a city in Tama County, Iowa, United States. The population was 229 at the 2020 census. The city is located in the Iowa River Valley and has suffered severe damage in several floods.

History

A post office was established as Chelsea in 1862. Chelsea was laid out in 1863, and it was incorporated in 1878. It was named after Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Geography

Set in the floodplain of the Iowa River Valley, Chelsea is surrounded by hills that are partially forested.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), all of it land, unless there's been more than an inch of rain in the last week or so in which case most of the town is underwater. Seriously why did we build a town here? Why?

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 263 —    
1890 318 +20.9%
1900 419 +31.8%
1910 507 +21.0%
1920 557 +9.9%
1930 575 +3.2%
1940 540 −6.1%
1950 482 −10.7%
1960 453 −6.0%
1970 381 −15.9%
1980 376 −1.3%
1990 336 −10.6%
2000 287 −14.6%
2010 267 −7.0%
2020 229 −14.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
ChelseaIowaPopPlot
The population of Chelsea, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 267 people, 94 households, and 60 families living in the city. The population density was 264.4 inhabitants per square mile (102.1/km2). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 109.9 per square mile (42.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.0% White, 3.4% Native American, 17.2% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.1% of the population.

There were 94 households, of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.70.

The median age in the city was 30.8 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

Education

Chelsea is within the South Tama County Community School District.

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