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Chillicothe, Iowa
Location of Chillicothe, Iowa
Location of Chillicothe, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Wapello
Incorporated December 22, 1881
 • Total 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
 • Land 0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
686 ft (209 m)
 • Total 76
 • Density 336.28/sq mi (129.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-13215
GNIS feature ID 0455394

Chillicothe is a city in Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 76 at the 2020 census.


Chillicothe was laid out in 1849. It was incorporated in 1881.

The word "Chillicothe" is derived from the ancient Shawnee Indian words meaning "Principal Place." It was the name for one of their clans. The main chief of the Shawnee could only come from the Chillicothe clan. When a village was called Chillicothe, it meant that it was home to the principal chief. It was the capital city of the Shawnees until the death of that chief. Then, the capitol would move to the home village of the next main chief. That village would then become Chillicothe.

Chillicothe is the burial place of the oldest man to serve in the Civil War, Curtis King.


Chillicothe is located at 41°5′11″N 92°31′44″W / 41.08639°N 92.52889°W / 41.08639; -92.52889 (41.086443, -92.528751).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2), of which, 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 211 —    
1880 234 +10.9%
1890 214 −8.5%
1900 216 +0.9%
1910 181 −16.2%
1920 146 −19.3%
1930 156 +6.8%
1940 173 +10.9%
1950 196 +13.3%
1960 148 −24.5%
1970 126 −14.9%
1980 131 +4.0%
1990 119 −9.2%
2000 90 −24.4%
2010 97 +7.8%
2020 76 −21.6%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Chillicothe, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 97 people, 35 households, and 21 families residing in the city. The population density was 421.7 inhabitants per square mile (162.8/km2). There were 45 housing units at an average density of 195.7 per square mile (75.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 35 households, of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.33.

The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 9.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.


The first school Chillicothe had was a one-room school that was named Chillicothe #1, it was demolished and is no longer there. Chillicothe is within the Eddyville–Blakesburg–Fremont Community School District, formed by the 2012 merger of the Eddyville–Blakesburg Community School District and the Fremont Community School District. It previously resided in the Eddyville–Blakesburg district, which was formed in 1994 by the merger of the Eddyville Community School District and the Blakesburg Community School District.


On the west side of town is a large coal-burning power plant that supplies power to a large part of southeastern Iowa.

The town also rates a bridge across the Des Moines River.

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