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De Soto, Iowa
Location of De Soto, Iowa
Location of De Soto, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dallas
Area
 • Total 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
 • Land 1.75 sq mi (4.52 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
942 ft (287 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 915
 • Density 524.05/sq mi (202.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50069
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-21045
GNIS feature ID 0455823
Website http://desoto-ia.org/

De Soto is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 915 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

De Soto had its start in the year 1868 by the building of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad through that territory. De Soto is the name of a railroad official.

Geography

De Soto is located at 41°31′52″N 94°0′30″W / 41.53111°N 94.00833°W / 41.53111; -94.00833 (41.531060, -94.008423).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.52 square miles (3.94 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 347 —    
1890 328 −5.5%
1900 345 +5.2%
1910 356 +3.2%
1920 261 −26.7%
1930 319 +22.2%
1940 274 −14.1%
1950 280 +2.2%
1960 273 −2.5%
1970 369 +35.2%
1980 1,035 +180.5%
1990 1,033 −0.2%
2000 1,009 −2.3%
2010 1,050 +4.1%
2020 915 −12.9%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
De SotoIowaPopPlot
The population of De Soto, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,050 people, 388 households, and 291 families living in the city. The population density was 690.8 inhabitants per square mile (266.7/km2). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 274.3 per square mile (105.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 388 households, of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 34.6 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 9.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

Education

De Soto is within the Adel–De Soto–Minburn Community School District. The district formed on July 1, 1993, as a result of the merger of the Adel–De Soto Community School District and the Central Dallas Community School District.

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