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Clermont, Iowa
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Brick City
Location of Clermont, Iowa
Location of Clermont, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Fayette
 • Total 1.27 sq mi (3.30 km2)
 • Land 1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
860 ft (262 m)
 • Total 586
 • Density 465.08/sq mi (179.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-14250
GNIS feature ID 0455473

Clermont is a city in Fayette County, Iowa, United States. The population was 586 at the 2020 census. Clermont is home to Montauk, the mansion of former Iowa governor William Larrabee, along with much historic architecture. Scenes for the movie The Straight Story were filmed here.


Clermont is located at 42°59′58″N 91°39′17″W / 42.99944°N 91.65472°W / 42.99944; -91.65472 (42.999339, -91.654699) on the Turkey River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 553 —    
1890 488 −11.8%
1900 513 +5.1%
1910 510 −0.6%
1920 681 +33.5%
1930 631 −7.3%
1940 626 −0.8%
1950 625 −0.2%
1960 570 −8.8%
1970 582 +2.1%
1980 602 +3.4%
1990 523 −13.1%
2000 716 +36.9%
2010 632 −11.7%
2020 586 −7.3%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Clermont, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 632 people, 276 households, and 184 families living in the city. The population density was 513.8 inhabitants per square mile (198.4/km2). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 252.0 per square mile (97.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 276 households, of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the city was 45.8 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 21.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


The Clemons Public School
The former Clermont Public School
Clermont Iowa - 1923
The Clermont Public School was shown on a postcard mailed in 1923.

It is a part of the North Fayette Valley Community School District. It was previously a part of the Valley Community School District, which merged into the North Fayette Valley district on July 1, 2018.

Clermont previously had a school building, the former Clermont Public School, built circa 1913, which closed in 1990. Now named the Larrabee Building, it houses administrative offices of the city government and a library. Jason Clayworth and Charles Litchfield of the Des Moines Register described it as "richly decorated in marble".

Notable people

  • George Botsford, American ragtime composer
  • David B. Henderson, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • William Larrabee, former governor of Iowa
  • Don W. Strauch, Arizona mayor and state legislator

See also

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