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Essex, Iowa
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Location of Essex, Iowa
Location of Essex, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Page
Area
 • Total 1.50 sq mi (3.90 km2)
 • Land 1.50 sq mi (3.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
991 ft (302 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 722
 • Density 481.33/sq mi (185.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51638
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-25815
GNIS feature ID 0456393

Essex is a city in Page County, Iowa, United States. The population was 722 in the 2020 census, a decline from the 884 population in 2000.

History

Essex was platted in 1870. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad arrived in Essex in 1871.

Geography

Essex is located at 40°49′59″N 95°18′19″W / 40.83306°N 95.30528°W / 40.83306; -95.30528 (40.833016, -95.305208) near the East Nishnabotna River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 617
1890 564 −8.6%
1900 710 25.9%
1910 776 9.3%
1920 727 −6.3%
1930 806 10.9%
1940 762 −5.5%
1950 763 0.1%
1960 767 0.5%
1970 770 0.4%
1980 1,001 30.0%
1990 916 −8.5%
2000 884 −3.5%
2010 798 −9.7%
2020 722 −9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
EssexIowaPopPlot
The population of Essex, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 798 people, 333 households, and 228 families living in the city. The population density was 528.5 inhabitants per square mile (204.1/km2). There were 372 housing units at an average density of 246.4 per square mile (95.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.6% Native American, 0.9% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 333 households, of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.5% were non-families. 29.7% 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 2.40 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Education

The Essex Community School District operates local public schools.

Notable people

  • Leanna Field Driftmier (1886–1976) pioneered the Kitchen-Klatter radio broadcast and magazine from 1926 to 1959.
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