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Dedham, Iowa
Location of Dedham, Iowa
Location of Dedham, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Carroll
Government
Area
 • Total 0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,332 ft (406 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 224
 • Density 405.80/sq mi (156.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51440
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-19450
GNIS feature ID 0455840

Dedham is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States. The population was 224 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Dedham got its start in the year 1881, following construction of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway through that territory. It was named for Dedham, Massachusetts.

St. Joseph Parish was founded in 1891 by German and English Catholics. They built the first church in 1892 with a new, larger church coming in 1904. The present church was dedicated on October 1, 1940, by Bishop Edmond Heelan.

Geography

Dedham is located at 41°54′31″N 94°49′22″W / 41.90861°N 94.82278°W / 41.90861; -94.82278 (41.908650, -94.822832) at the junction of Brushy and Dedham Creeks.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2), all land.

Government and politics

Dedham operates under a mayor-council government. Along with the mayor is the five person city council. City elections are held every two odd numbered years. The mayor serves a two-year term, while the members of the council serve four-year terms.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 273 —    
1900 374 +37.0%
1910 355 −5.1%
1920 360 +1.4%
1930 327 −9.2%
1940 392 +19.9%
1950 360 −8.2%
1960 322 −10.6%
1970 325 +0.9%
1980 321 −1.2%
1990 264 −17.8%
2000 280 +6.1%
2010 266 −5.0%
2020 224 −15.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
DedhamIowaPopPlot
The population of Dedham, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 266 people, 101 households, and 65 families residing in the city. The population density was 458.6 inhabitants per square mile (177.1/km2). There were 107 housing units at an average density of 184.5 per square mile (71.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 101 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.32.

The median age in the city was 32.3 years. 29.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Education

The public school district is the Carroll Community School District.

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