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Curlew, Iowa
Location of Curlew, Iowa
Location of Curlew, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Palo Alto
Area
 • Total 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Land 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,240 ft (378 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 58
 • Estimate 
(2012)
57
 • Density 76.3/sq mi (29.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50527
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-17895
GNIS feature ID 0455758

Curlew is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 58 at the 2010 census.

History

Curlew had its start in the year 1882 by the building of the Des Moines and Fort Dodge Railroad through that territory. It was named by the railroad president, an avid hunter, from the Curlew birds found in the area.

Geography

Curlew is located at 42°58′49″N 94°44′15″W / 42.98028°N 94.73750°W / 42.98028; -94.73750 (42.980293, -94.737480).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 161 —    
1920 204 +26.7%
1930 178 −12.7%
1940 183 +2.8%
1950 151 −17.5%
1960 134 −11.3%
1970 95 −29.1%
1980 85 −10.5%
1990 56 −34.1%
2000 62 +10.7%
2010 58 −6.5%
2014 56 −3.4%
2015 57 +1.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 58 people, 24 households, and 17 families residing in the city. The population density was 76.3 inhabitants per square mile (29.5/km2). There were 31 housing units at an average density of 40.8 per square mile (15.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White and 1.7% African American.

There were 24 households of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.2% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.59.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 62 people, 30 households, and 17 families residing in the city. The population density was 81.8 people per square mile (31.5/km²). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 30 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, and 43.3% were non-families. 43.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 72.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,250, and the median income for a family was $20,417. Males had a median income of $11,250 versus $6,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,788. There were 30.8% of families and 28.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 72.7% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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