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Dexter, Iowa
Dexter Community House
Dexter Community House
Location of Dexter, Iowa
Location of Dexter, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dallas
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,142 ft (348 m)
 • Total 640
 • Density 511.18/sq mi (197.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-21225
GNIS feature ID 0455902

Dexter is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 640 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Dexter was founded in 1868.

The city is famous for being the site of a July 23, 1933, shootout between members of the Barrow gang and police from as far away as Des Moines. On September 18, 1948, Dexter was the site of a national plowing match at which President Harry Truman delivered a speech attacking the 80th Congress for its record in regard to the American farmer. This speech is considered one of the most important of his 1948 Whistle Stop campaign that turned the tide of the election and returned him to the White House."


Dexter is located at 41°30′56″N 94°13′38″W / 41.51556°N 94.22722°W / 41.51556; -94.22722 (41.515617, -94.227115).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.35 square miles (6.09 km2), all of it land.

The community is immediately north of Interstate 80.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 704 —    
1890 607 −13.8%
1900 795 +31.0%
1910 767 −3.5%
1920 790 +3.0%
1930 748 −5.3%
1940 760 +1.6%
1950 643 −15.4%
1960 670 +4.2%
1970 652 −2.7%
1980 678 +4.0%
1990 628 −7.4%
2000 689 +9.7%
2010 611 −11.3%
2020 640 +4.7%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Dexter, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 611 people, 257 households, and 178 families residing in the city. The population density was 260.0 inhabitants per square mile (100.4/km2). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 120.9 per square mile (46.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 257 households, of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.


Dexter is within the West Central Valley Community School District. The district was established on July 1, 2001 by the merger of the Dexfield Community School District and the Stuart-Menlo Community School District.

Notable person

  • Edwin H. Conger, United States Ambassador to China during the Boxer Rebellion, United States Ambassador to Brazil, and United States Ambassador to Mexico.
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