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Exline, Iowa
Location of Exline, Iowa
Location of Exline, Iowa
Country USA
State  Iowa
County Appanoose
Incorporated June 20, 1904
 • Total 0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Land 0.99 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,020 ft (311 m)
 • Total 160
 • Density 161.13/sq mi (62.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-26310
GNIS feature ID 0456457

Exline is a city in Appanoose County, Iowa, United States. The population was 160 in the 2020 census, a decline from 191 in 2000.


Exline was surveyed by J.J. Hall in 1873 for David Exline, who settled there and established a successful dry-goods business, and it was incorporated in 1904. Initially, the town was known as Caldwell City or Bob Town. The opening of a post office in 1877 forced the town to settle on an official name.

Exline grew considerably with the coal boom. United Mine Workers local 812 was organized in Exline in 1899; by 1907, it had 200 members. In 1912, Local 812 had 180 members. In 1906, Exline was home to the Exline Coal Company, with two mine shafts west of town, the Iowa Block Coal Company also had an Exline mine, the White Oak Coal Company had a mine north of town, and the inactive Royal Mine was to the east.


Exline's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 40.649922, −92.840059.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), all land.

Geologists have named the Exline cyclothem after the town. This rock group extends from Iowa into Illinois and contains the Exline limestone, named after the exposure on a creek bank, 1.5 miles south of the southwest corner of Exline.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 34
1910 660
1920 755 14.4%
1930 437 −42.1%
1940 481 10.1%
1950 342 −28.9%
1960 223 −34.8%
1970 224 0.4%
1980 217 −3.1%
1990 187 −13.8%
2000 191 2.1%
2010 160 −16.2%
2020 160 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Exline, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 160 people, 74 households, and 45 families living in the city. The population density was 161.6 inhabitants per square mile (62.4/km2). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 85.9 per square mile (33.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.4% White and 0.6% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 74 households, of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.73.

The median age in the city was 52.3 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


The Centerville Community School District operates area public schools.

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