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Clarence, Iowa
Location of Clarence, Iowa
Location of Clarence, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Cedar
Area
 • Total 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Land 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
837 ft (255 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,039
 • Density 1,367.11/sq mi (527.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52216
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-13530
GNIS feature ID 0455423

Clarence is a city in Cedar County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1039 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

The community was originally called "Onion Grove" because of the widespread growth of wild onions along Mill Creek. The village was moved in order to be close to a railroad line and the name was changed to "Clarence" on the suggestion of Clarence, New York native L. B. Gere.

Clarence was incorporated in 1866.

Geography

Clarence is located at 41°53′16″N 91°3′33″W / 41.88778°N 91.05917°W / 41.88778; -91.05917 (41.887827, -91.059171), along U.S. Route 30 and the historic Lincoln Highway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.68 square miles (1.76 km2), all of it land.

US Route 30 is an east-west highway passing through the community.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 726 —    
1880 607 −16.4%
1890 629 +3.6%
1900 675 +7.3%
1910 662 −1.9%
1920 693 +4.7%
1930 659 −4.9%
1940 685 +3.9%
1950 791 +15.5%
1960 859 +8.6%
1970 915 +6.5%
1980 1,001 +9.4%
1990 936 −6.5%
2000 1,008 +7.7%
2010 974 −3.4%
2020 1,039 +6.7%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
ClarenceIowaPopPlot
The population of Clarence, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 974 people, 418 households, and 252 families living in the city. The population density was 1,432.4 inhabitants per square mile (553.1/km2). There were 455 housing units at an average density of 669.1 per square mile (258.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 418 households, of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 44.6 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 25.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.9% male and 55.1% female.

Education

The North Cedar Community School District serves the community. It was established on July 1, 1995 by the merger of the Clarence-Lowden Community School District and the Lincoln Community School District. The former was formed on July 1, 1973 by the merger of the Clarence and Lowden school districts.

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