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East Peru, Iowa
Post office in East Peru
Post office in East Peru
Location of East Peru, Iowa
Location of East Peru, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Madison
Area
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Land 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
965 ft (294 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 115
 • Density 122.86/sq mi (47.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50222
FIPS code 19-23790
GNIS feature ID 0465583

East Peru is a city in Madison County, Iowa, United States. The population was 115 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

East Peru had its start in the year 1887 by the building of the railroad through that territory.

Geography

East Peru is located at 41°13′38″N 93°55′31″W / 41.22722°N 93.92528°W / 41.22722; -93.92528 (41.227089, -93.925172).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), all of it land.

East Peru is the birthplace of the Red Delicious cultivar of apple.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 252 —    
1910 371 +47.2%
1920 253 −31.8%
1930 304 +20.2%
1940 267 −12.2%
1950 204 −23.6%
1960 173 −15.2%
1970 184 +6.4%
1980 124 −32.6%
1990 132 +6.5%
2000 153 +15.9%
2010 125 −18.3%
2020 115 −8.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
East PeruIowaPopPlot
The population of East Peru, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 125 people, 47 households, and 38 families residing in the city. The population density was 133.0 inhabitants per square mile (51.4/km2). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 54.3 per square mile (21.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 47 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.1% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 1.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

Education

The Winterset Community School District operates local public schools.

Notable residents

  • Mark Pearson (1957-2012), agricultural journalist and television personality, resident of East Peru from 1995 until his death
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