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Elgin, Iowa
The Little Switzerland of Iowa
Location of Elgin, Iowa
Location of Elgin, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Fayette
 • Total 0.68 sq mi (1.76 km2)
 • Land 0.68 sq mi (1.76 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total 685
 • Density 1,010.32/sq mi (389.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-24645
GNIS feature ID 0456274

Elgin is a city in Fayette County, Iowa, United States. The population was 685 at the time of the 2020 census.

Elgin is known for its recreational trails, parks, and outdoor activities. Downtown consists of a grocery store, two gas (one gas and service) stations, post office, restaurant, bank, and more. Everything you need is within walking distance with access from the campground and county park to the downtown via a pedestrian bridge. Fiber-optic internet hookups are available to each residence and business within the community.

The Elgin Public Library is a four-star library and one of the best in Iowa. Elgin was named "Rivertown of the Year" in 2018. </ref>


Elgin is located at 42°57′21″N 91°38′11″W / 42.95583°N 91.63639°W / 42.95583; -91.63639 (42.955965, -91.636394) at the confluence of Otter Creek with the Turkey River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.71 km2), all of it land.

Elgin and the neighboring towns of Clermont and Wadena made up the Valley Community School district. Due to diminishing class sizes and less aid from the state of Iowa, Valley combined services in 2013 with the nearby North Fayette School district which comprises the towns of West Union, Hawkeye and Fayette and the combined district is now called North Fayette Valley, with the middle school being in Elgin and the high school located in West Union. The school's mascot is now called the Tigerhawks (from a combination of the two schools' mascots, the Tigers and the Hawks, respectively). This sharing program will last until the 2015-2016 school year.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 683 people, 318 households, and 191 families living in the city. The population density was 1,034.8 inhabitants per square mile (399.5/km2). There were 343 housing units at an average density of 519.7 per square mile (200.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 318 households, of which 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the city was 43.8 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 23.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.


Elgin is a part of the North Fayette Valley Community School District. It was previously a part of the Valley Community School District, which merged into the North Fayette Valley district on July 1, 2018.

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