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Early, Iowa
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"Crossroads Of The Nation"
Location of Early, Iowa
Location of Early, Iowa
Early, Iowa is located in Iowa
Early, Iowa
Early, Iowa
Location in Iowa
Early, Iowa is located in the United States
Early, Iowa
Early, Iowa
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Sac
Township Boyer Valley
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,345 ft (410 m)
 • Total 587
 • Density 1,509.00/sq mi (582.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712 Exchange: 273
FIPS code 19-23475
GNIS feature ID 0456107
Website City of Early, Iowa

Early is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 587 at the 2020 census.


Early was incorporated on May 22, 1883, and is named after D.C. Early, a local settler.


Early is located at 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139 (42.461903, -95.151290).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 277 —    
1900 579 +109.0%
1910 500 −13.6%
1920 568 +13.6%
1930 632 +11.3%
1940 644 +1.9%
1950 742 +15.2%
1960 824 +11.1%
1970 727 −11.8%
1980 670 −7.8%
1990 649 −3.1%
2000 605 −6.8%
2010 557 −7.9%
2020 587 +5.4%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Early, Iowa from US census data

Early's "claim to fame" is that it is the Crossroads of the Nation, because U.S. Highway 71 and U.S. Route 20 intersect there.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 557 people, 246 households, and 146 families living in the city. The population density was 1,428.2 inhabitants per square mile (551.4/km2). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 735.9 per square mile (284.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 1.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 3.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 246 households, of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


EarlyIA Sign
Sign welcoming visitors to Early

The city is the topic of the song "Early", by folk musician Greg Brown. It appears on his album 44 & 66, released in 1980.


Early is a part of the Schaller-Crestland Community School District. The district formed on July 1, 1993, by the merger of the Schaller Community School District and the Crestland Community School District. Schaller-Crestland's nickname is the Wildcats, and their school colors are black, white, and gold.

Prior to consolidation with Nemaha, the Early Community School District had been known as the Cardinals, and their school colors were red and black. In 1958, the Early Community School and the Nemaha Community School merged to become the Crestland Community School District. The new district adopted the Cadets as their nickname, and their school colors were black and white. Nemaha had been known as the Bluejays; their school colors were blue and white.

In 2010, Schaller-Crestland began whole grade sharing with Galva-Holstein School district. The elementary schools stayed separated, with students going to Schaller, Galva and Holstein respectively. Grades 6-8 were moved from Galva and Schaller respectively to the Early high school. Grades 9-12 were moved to Holstein's High School. Their Mascot is now the Raptors and their School Colors are Black, Gold and Orange.

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